Name: Xylocaine Gel 2% Solution
Manufacturer: Astra Zeneca
MRP: Rs. 53.57
Unit Price: Rs. 53.57
Package Price: Rs. 53.57 (Qty.: 1)
Package Form: bottle
Medicine Form: solution
What is Xylocaine?
Xylocaine is a medicinal agent with analgesic properties. The medicine acts on nerve roots by numbing them. The pain signal does not pass from nerves to brain, thus making the body part free of pain.
Composition of Xylocaine:
Xylocaine 2% gel is composed of 2% of Lidocaine which is the active ingredient of the medicine. The inactive ingredients form a base which helps Lidocaine to perform its therapeutic action. The base does not have any therapeutic effect of its own and will not hamper with the action of Lidocaine.
What is Xylocaine Used for?
Xylocaine being a pain killer medicine, has multiple uses. Some of the common conditions where Xylocaine helps in alleviating the pain are as follows:
- Sores on the tongue
- Anal fissures
- Painful urinary tract infection
- Local anesthetic
- As lubricant and anesthetic to insert catheter, endotracheal intubation, Ryle’s tube etc.
Side Effects of Xylocaine:
Every therapeutic agent displays some side effects if patient is highly sensitive to the drug, or if the drug has been used in an incorrect manner. Some of the side effects of Xylocaine gel have been mentioned below:
- Xylocaine can cause dryness of mucus membranes if consumed orally or applied internally. This may lead to damage of the mucus membrane.
- The skin over which Xylocaine is applied may become red and swollen at times.
- Due to the numbing effect of Xylocaine, there is a weird sensation over the skin were it is applied. This wears off with time.
- Allergic reaction in the form of rash, itching, swelling or redness may be observed in some patients.
Apart from this, patients could expect other reactions to Xylocaine as well. It is imperative that the doctor be informed about any undesirable reaction of the medicine.
Precautions for Xylocaine Application:
Xylocaine is a potent analgesic due to presence of Lidocaine in it. This makes it likely to have negative effects on the health if applied in an incorrect manner or without prescription. Some of the things to be remembered while using Xylocaine are mentioned below:
- Xylocaine is not meant for oral consumption. It should not be swallowed under any circumstances. If it is used for treating mouth sores, patients should remember to spit it out and rinse the mouth in some time.
- While using Xylocaine for lubrication, care should be taken not to use it in excess.
- If Xylocaine is used over chapped or lacerated skin, that part of skin should be washed immediately.
- Xylocaine is not meant to be used for internal pain like menstrual cramps, abdominal pain, kidney stone pain, gall stone colic etc.
- Xylocaine gel should not be used for children below 12 years of age without consulting a pediatrician.
- If Xylocaine gel is accidentally applied over the eyes, they should be washed with cold water immediately. Do not use hot water to wash your eyes.
Certain gels or creams which have similar ingredients as present in Xylocaine can be used as a substitute medicine. However, this is possible only if the doctor advises to use a substitute. The list is given below:
- Lignocad Gel
- Wocaine Gel
- Xylo Gel
- Caligno Gel
- Themicaine Gel
- Can Xylocaine have a permanent analgesic effect?
Xylocaine gel numbs the pain sensation only for a while. As soon as its effects begin to reduce, patient will experience pain again.
- Is it safe to use Xylocaine after delivering a baby?
Xylocaine should not be used to reduce the pain and soreness felt after giving birth. Different pain killer medicines are recommended for new mothers.
- Which disorders do not respond to Xylocaine?
Xylocaine does not act in case of headaches, ear pain, throat infection etc. For these disorders, it is advisable to take pain killers as advised by a doctor.