will a lidocaine patch work for menstral cramps?!


The Lidocaine Patch is just for topical use only will not help for cramps.

The lidocaine patch is a topical treatment that is especially helpful in the treatment of pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia, a condition that can occur after infection with the herpes varicella zoster (shingles) virus. Additionally, the lidocaine patch is sometimes used in the treatment of some chronic forms of nerve pain such as the pain associated with fibromyalgia.

As only minute amounts of lidocaine enter the bloodstream from the patch, side effects are few. Most patients tolerate normal use of the lidocaine patch well, but some patients may experience usually mild side effects. Localized tingling may occur. If a rash or burning sensation occurs after application, the patch should be removed and not reapplied until the irritation subsides. If any symptom becomes uncomfortable, patients should consult the prescribing physician.
Some patients may be allergic to topical lidocaine and the lidocaine patch. Medical treatment should be sought immediately if any of the following symptoms occur:
difficulty breathing or swelling of the tongue
dizziness, fainting, or loss of consciousness
hives or swelling of the face
trouble breathing
Other less common side effects of the lidocaine patch may be serious, potentially indicating that too much medication is being absorbed into the body. A patient should seek medical treatment if experiencing:
excessive, all-over numbness
blurred or double vision

ringing or buzzing in the ears
uncontrollable nervousness, shaking
slow heartbeat

As the lidocaine patch is topical treatment and only minute amounts of the drug are absorbed into the bloodstream, interactions with other drugs are few. The lidocaine patch may have rare negative interactions with digoxin (Lanoxin) or any medications for irregular heartbeats. Some antibiotics, antidepressants, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) may adversely react with the lidocaine patch or lessen its effectiveness.

i tried it and it did nothing for me nor does it help my husband's neck considering it was prescribed for him you'd be better off with a heating pad for your cramps and some aleve
Probably not. Topical lidocaine does nothing more than numb the skin it is stuck on, it metabolizes too rapidly to get very far in the system.
As a nurse I havent found the lidocaine patch to work that well. The problem is that to really get the anlagesia you need, you would have to have a pretty good dose and this could present problems for you as far as lethargy. My best advice is to you is to use a heating pad. This will help to dilate the blood engorged area of your lower abdomen, relax the muscles around the cervix, uterus, and vagina, which cause the cramping, and to use something like Alleve for the pain. Don't use Aspiriin or Tylenol as they have a tendency to increase your flow. Hope this helps

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