lidocaine-prilocaine gel (generic name)

Oraqix (brand name)

It causes loss of feeling in the skin and surrounding tissues
(LYE doe kane; PRIL oh kane)
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What is this medicine?

LIDOCAINE; PRILOCAINE (LYE doe kane; PRIL oh kane) is a topical anesthetic used in dentistry. It causes loss of feeling in the skin and surrounding tissues. It is used to numb areas of the gums before dental work.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • glucose-6-phosphate deficiency
  • liver disease
  • methemoglobinemia
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to lidocaine, prilocaine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is applied to your gums by a health-care professional before dental work.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • acetaminophen
  • aniline dyes
  • chloroquine
  • dapsone
  • medicines for the heart like nitroglycerin, nitroprusside
  • medicines to control heart rhythm like mexiletine, tocainide
  • nitrofurantoin
  • other medicines that cause numbness
  • phenobarbital
  • phenytoin
  • primaquine
  • quinine
  • sulfonamides

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Be careful to avoid injury to the treated area while it is numb and you are not aware of the pain. Also, avoid drinking very hot or cold drinks while you are numb.

Do not touch this medicine to the eye. It may cause irritation and injury.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • blue gray color in mouth, lips, fingernails
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • chills, fever
  • confused, excitable, nervous, restless
  • dizzy, drowsy
  • headache
  • irregular heartbeat
  • irritation or sores on the gums
  • nausea, vomiting
  • seizures
  • tremors

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • change in taste
  • redness of the gums

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: June 23, 2009
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