Lidocaine is a clinically proven topical numbing agent which is extremely helpful in the treatment of pain. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic and helps to treat pain by blocking the pain signals at the nerve endings in the skin. Lidocaine stabilizes the pain neuron membranes by repressing the ionic fluxes; the chemical reactions required for the origination and transmission of nerve impulses. With repressed nerve impulses, the “pain signals” are blocked which initiates an incredibly effective local anesthetic action. With no nerve signals being transmitted effective pain relief is the result.
The History of Lidocaine
Lidocaine was first synthesized in the 1940’s by a Swedish chemist, and was initially introduced under the name Xylocaine. During the 1950’s Lidocaine was approved by the FDA, and still remains popular to this day due to its effectiveness as a local anesthetic. One of the main reasons for its popularity is Lidocaine’s dual profile, which combines an accelerated onset of action with an intermediate duration period.
Lidocaine is popular in both the analgesic topical product market and in the Medical Industry where it is often used in injectable form by Dentist’s and Anesthesiologist’s. When applied topically, Lidocaine can provide numbing pain relief for up to three hours.
Safety & Side Effects
Topical Lidocaine provides many needed effects and is widely regarded safe, but as with any drug there are in some rare instances unwanted side effects. If you experience blurred vision, chest pain or discomfort, cold, clammy skin, confusion, drowsiness or dizziness you should stop treatment and seek medical advice immediately as any of these symptoms could indicate an allergic reaction to Lidocaine.