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Fibromyalgia & the Opioid Epidemic

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It’s hard to avoid the fact that the nation is in the midst of a major opioid epidemic, resulting in over 42,000 deaths in 2016. You hear about drug overdoses not only on the streets of big cities but even more often in small towns. Patients get addicted to opioid medications like Norco and Oxycontin. But when the supply of prescription drugs runs out, many turn to heroin to get the same relief. Or they may combine opioids with other drugs like Xanax, which slow down the breathing rate, which makes overdoses much more likely to happen.

Doctors are working to try to reduce these addictions and their tragic deaths by cracking down on opioid prescriptions. But the unintended additional result is that people who rely on opioids for managing chronic pain, including fibromyalgia patients, are being affected, too. Here’s what you need to know.

What’s Going on with the Opioid Epidemic?

The typical opioid-addicted patient looks different than how you might imagine a drug addict. Very few start out looking to get high from the medicine. Most are only looking for relief from pain and find that the medication actually works. Many people end up inadvertently addicted to opioid medications like Vicodin and Oxycontin after injuries or surgeries. Patients with fibromyalgia also get prescriptions for opioid pain relievers.

But doctors get a lot of scrutiny about how they prescribe opioids. Many doctors get nervous about prescribing opioids indefinitely. It only takes a couple weeks to become addicted to opioid medication. When doctors cut off the access to the medication, addicted patients can start to experience drug withdrawal. Many turn to illegal sources of the opioid medication, which may include prescription drugs bought on the black market. These drugs are not necessarily regulated by the FDA, so they may not contain the active ingredient. Illegal prescription drugs often contain powerful medications like fentanyl. Because fentanyl is so powerful, even very small amounts can cause fatal doses. Other patients turn to heroin instead. Any of the alternative options when patients run out of legitimate access to prescription drugs can result in overdose and death.

How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Patients

The Food and Drug Administration issued new prescribing guidelines earlier in 2018.  But in July, the FDA admitted some possible errors in calculating the number of people addicted to opioid medication. As a result, many people with serious conditions causing chronic pain lost access to the pain relief they needed. This includes many patients with fibromyalgia.

If you had a doctor who was prescribing opioid medication for you before, you may have found it difficult to get what you need. Many fibromyalgia patients report being suddenly limited to a much smaller amount of the medication. Others have found themselves completely without access, which can cause “cold-turkey” withdrawal symptoms.

Doctors now face serious consequences for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Although most medical associations support the right to prescribe these medications, the FDA disagrees. Doctors who overprescribe opioids may be fined or even lose their medical licenses. The FDA and doctors’ associations are working together to review the prescribing guidelines for opioids. Fibro patients may have more access in the future to opioid pain relievers. But as it stands now, it will likely continue to be difficult to get them.

How to Get Pain Relief during an Opioid Epidemic

The FDA and a minority of medical doctors say that opioids aren’t an effective long-term pain management solution. Only terminal cancer patients have easy access to the medications since the risk of addiction is comparatively low. That leaves a lot of people with legitimate chronic pain without the relief they need.

Doctors may try to substitute alternative medications for pain relief. Some of the medication alternatives include non-narcotic pain relievers such as Tramadol or antidepressants like Cymbalta. However, many fibro patients have already tried these medications or may be using them along with opioids. Medical cannabis is also seen as an alternative.

Patients may try a variety of other options, including yoga, meditation, biofeedback, or writing in a journal. Some people find benefit from using essential oils. Those in states where medical marijuana is legal may try that as well. Most fibro patients have to combine a variety of strategies to get the relief they need.

A hallmark of fibromyalgia is always being in some degree of pain. Even when you have access to opioids, they still generally don’t provide complete relief. Rather than seeking out the few remaining doctors who may prescribe opioids, it may be best to find alternate coping mechanisms. Although they’re less than ideal, they don’t carry the same risk of addiction or accidental overdose. Fibro patients can still seek relief while staying safe from the opioid epidemic.

 

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What is Hyperhidrosis Disorder?

 

What is Hyperhidrosis Disorder?

Here we will be looking at the two different types of hyperhidrosis. Then, we will discuss what are possible symptoms and treatment options.

Please note: I am not a doctor. Although this article has undergone extensive research, this information should not take the place of advice from a healthcare professional you trust. Contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

Two Types of Hyperhidrosis

Let’s look at the two types of hyperhidrosis disorder:

Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis

The first type of hyperhidrosis is called: primary focal hyperhidrosis. This usually occurs when an individual sweats from the feet, hands, face, and/or underarms. It also tends to start as a child and appears to be more likely among those who have a family history of hyperhidrosis.

Secondary Generalized Hyperhidrosis

The second type of hyperhidrosis is called: secondary generalized hyperhidrosis. This type is usually caused by or related to a medical condition. Certain conditions that can cause secondary generalized hyperhidrosis include: adrenal gland disorders, cnacer, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, lung disease, menopause, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, stroke, or infectious diseases like HIV.

Certain medications can also cause excessive sweating, including antidepressants like desipramined, nortriptyline, and protriptyline. Other medications can include pilocarpine for dry mouth or zinc for mineral dietary supplement.

Unlike the first type, the second usually starts in adulthood not childhood. As indicated by the title of this type, this condition is more generalized and involves more generalized sweating. Sweating can occur all over the body or in just one area. Also, excessive sweating can occur while sleeping.

Symptoms

Although the symptoms of hyperhidrosis disorder is fairly obvious, there are particular signs other than excessive sweating that are indicators of this disorder. Contact your doctor if you believe you have hyperhidrosis or show signs of this disorder. In some cases, hyperhidrosis can be an indicator of something more serious or an underlying medical condition. So, it is important to reach out to a doctor you trust. Certain symptoms include:

  • sweating that lasts for a long period of time (at least six months) that occurs at least once a week
  • sweating that happens on both sides of the body
  • sweat that is excessive and can make certain daily activities difficult
  • a family history of hyperhidrosis

Different symptoms can arise depending on the type of hyperhidrosis you have. Review the differences between each type and contact your doctor who can give you more detailed information.

Treatment

There are several ways to help treat hyperhidrosis.

At-Home Options

  • Antibacterial Soap: Wash yourself everyday with an antibacterial soap to get rid of the bacteria that can cause odors. Apply antiperspirant after drying your skin.
  • Antiperspirants: This can be purchased over-the-counter at your local store. However, if this does not seem to be working for you, your doctor can always prescribe you something stronger. It can be applied under the armpits as well as at the hands, feet, and hairline.
  • Clothing: Certain kinds of clothing can help, such as light and breathable types of fabrics. Cotton and silk are great examples. Shoe inserts can help absorb sweat and help control odors.
  • Food: Avoid consuming anything spicy. Do not consume any hot drinks or alcohol.

Medical Options

  • Anticholinergic Drugs: This oral drug can help stop the activation of the sweat glands. However, there are several side effects associated with anticholinergic drugs, including blurred vision, trouble urinating, and heart problems.
  • Botox: Botox, or botulinum toxin A, is another treatment option. It helps stop the release of the chemical responsible for telling the sweat glands to activate. Although you may need more than one injection, the effects can last up to a year.
  • Iontophoresis: This process involves the use of water and electrical waves. You place your hands or feet (or both) in the water where a low electrical current goes through the water. It is supposed to block sweat from getting to the surface of your skin. However, this treatment option is not for everyone and should not be considered by women who are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant or those individuals who have pacemakers, metal implants, heart problems, or epilepsy.
  • Surgery: As a last resort, your doctor may recommend surgery if you have a severe case of hyperhidrosis. This option is usually successful, but can lead to compensatory sweating in which one part of the body stops sweating, but another part starts sweating to compensate.

 

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Fibromyalgia and Suicide

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Fibromyalgia and suicide. It’s one of the main ways that fibromyalgia is fatal, as depression and anxiety are often present in fibromyalgia patients.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the muscles and tissues of the body, causing them to ache and become stiff. This pain can range from moderate to severe, and can cause pain and aches all over the body. This pain can be debilitating, and can cause people to become lonely, anxious and depressed. People with fibromyalgia suffer from pain that can be so bad, they do not want to leave their bed or even get dressed in the morning.  This is terribly sad, as people often begin to feel despair and loneliness. Which means there can be a higher coincidence of fibromyalgia and suicide, as in some cases, people with fibromyalgia lose the will to live, as their depression becomes more and more severe.

Fibromyalgia & Suicide

Although pain of fibromyalgia may bring great suffering to people- both mentally and physically- people need to work hard to maintain optimism and positive outlook. It is important to maintain as regular a schedule as possible, even if this schedule only takes place in the house and in the front or backyard of a person’s home.

This routine could be simple, including beginning the morning with a warm bath to loosen muscles, eating healthy meals, spending some time outside, and taking time to socialize with others. Maintaining a routine can take some of the exhaustion out of the day, as surprises and activities can be overwhelming for those who have fibromyalgia and are in a great amount of pain. People can have flare-ups that occur at any time, and therefore need to be prepared for their course of action if a flare-up should occur.  Maintaining a regular schedule as much as possible can help reduce fatigue.

Extreme fatigue is a symptom of fibromyalgia that can be debilitating.  This fatigue gets worse as sleeping gets more difficult due to pain. People who are very tired and not rested will have a difficult time waking up in the morning and carrying on with their day.

But this is why maintaining a schedule is so important- because tiredness is hard to kick. Waking up and going to bed at the same time can help, as can taking multiple breaks throughout the day to relax and recharge.

There are many different ways people choose to relax- they may listen to music, create art, play with a pet, or others. It is only important that a person identifies what relaxes them and brings them joy- and then do that activity as much as possible. It is important to maintain interests and hobbies, especially those that can be done at home or close to home.

Some people are naturally more social than others, and for these very social beings, it can be extremely difficult to deal with the pains of fibromyalgia and still maintain their very active social life.

But just because it is more difficult does not at all mean it is impossible.  People who are naturally social need to maintain social activities in order to keep their spirits up. Being around others is energizing for social people and cutting others off because of pain will be more harmful in the end. Having social activities nearby one’s house can be very beneficial.

If there is a restaurant nearby that a person enjoys, they should try to go there once or more a month, just to be in the world and around others, in an energetic environment. The same is true of people who love music, and enjoy seeing concerts and other live events.

Even though it may seem like the pain is too much to bear, it can be even worse to stay home in bed alone for days, weeks, and months on end. This is when depression strikes, and this is definitely not a place anyone wants to end up. It can be difficult to gain any energy to get out and participate in activities, but it is definitely possible and very beneficial.

If getting out of the house seems overwhelming, it is just as fair to invite a close friend over to the house for an hour or two, just to catch up and chat.

Speaking with friends and family, and maintaining regular positive contact is not only beneficial for those dealing with chronic pain, but is also necessary. It can be difficult to stay positive when experiencing so much pain, but people need to focus on maintaining positivity in their lives in whatever brings them happiness and joy.

Some people may enjoy socializing, while others may enjoy cooking, reading, listening to music, or millions of other things.  The most important thing to do is to continuously bring joyful activities into one’s life.

What are you suggestions for preventing incidents of fibromyalgia and suicide?

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Fibromyalgia and Chelation Therapy

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Chelation Therapy: Benefits and Risks

Chelation therapy is a process in which heavy metals are taken out of the blood. Some heavy metals include mercury or lead. Chelation therapy is a common treatment for different kinds of metal poisoning. It has also been considered to help other conditions, such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and heart disease. However, it is still unclear if chelation therapy helps treat heart disease. Within this article we will examine chelation therapy and how the method works. Additionally, we will also discuss its relation to fibromyalgia.

Please note that I am not a doctor. Although this article has undergone research to try and provide accurate information, you should always talk to your doctor for professional advice. Contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

What is Chelation Therapy?

As mentioned previously, it is a treatment method that uses medicine to remove metals from the body. This process works by injecting a medication into the body. The medication is a chelator or a chelating agent. After the injection, chelators bind to the metals in the bloodstream. As soon as the chelators collect the heavy metals the kidneys filter them and are released in the urine.

Benefits

There are several benefits of chelation therapy, especially because it is an effective way to remove heavy metals from the blood. In addition to mercury and lead, this treatment option also helps remove other heavy metals, such as arsenic, iron, copper, and nickel. Metal poisoning can occur when an individual drinks polluted water, breathes polluted air, or ingests lead paint. Other conditions can create a buildup of metals in the body. For example, here is a list of conditions:

  • Wilson’s Disease: This disorder is inherited and causes copper poisoning. Symptoms usually occur between the ages of 12 and 23 years old. Symptoms include: swelling, fatigue, abdominal pain, and uncontrolled movements. This chronic disease can be treated by a medical professional.
  • Hemochromatosis: This condition is inherited and causes an iron overload. More specifically, it is where there is too much iron in the body. Symptoms include darkening of the skin, abnormal heart beats, diabetes, or arthritis. Caucasians are more at risk for the classic type of hemochromatosis. Left untreated it can lead to more serious conditions.
  • Chronic Kidney Disease: This condition involves a longstanding disease of the kidneys. The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste from the blood. When kidneys fail, waste builds up. Although the condition cannot be cured, treatment can help. This condition usually does not show any symptoms. It can be diagnosed by a blood test.
  • Thalassemia: Thalassemia and other blood disorders can lead to a buildup of iron. Because certain blood disorders require frequent blood transfusions, it is likely to create a buildup of iron in the body.

Risks

Although there are several benefits of chelation therapy, there are also some risks. Chelators can create side effects. Patients may experience a burning sensation at the injection site. Some side effects can be more severe than others. Other side effects can occur, including but not limited to the following:

  • fever
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • low blood pressure
  • anemia
  • cardiac arrhythmias
  • seizures
  • hypocalcemia (small amount of calcium in blood)
  • brain damage
  • vitamin deficiencies
  • mineral deficiencies
  • kidney damage
  • liver damage
  • allergic reaction

Because chelation therapy can be dangerous, this treatment option is usually only recommended when the benefits outweigh the risks. Talk to your doctor about what options are best for your condition.

Chelation Therapy and Fibromyalgia

Chelation therapy can help treat fibromyalgia by getting rid of ionic substances, including calcium, iron, lead, magnesium, manganese, plutonium and zinc. This treatment method can be used for fibromyalgia as well as chronic fatigue syndrome that can be impacted by heavy metal toxicity. Some research has suggested that heavy metals can cause fibromyalgia because having too many in the body can lead to lack of functionality.

This treatment option for fibromyalgia usually involves a blood infusion of EDTA. An EDTA is an amino acid complex of ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid. When EDTA comes into contact with the toxins, it will bind to the metals and expel them from the body. There is also an option for oral chelation therapy.

In some cases, chelation helps treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia. More specifically, chelation therapy can help patients with fibromyalgia by reducing the symptoms of fatigue, heart problems, respiratory problems, urinary problems, gastrointestinal symptoms, and neurological symptoms.

Contact your doctor for more information concerning chelation therapy as an alternative fibromyalgia treatment option. If you have any questions about chelation therapy, reach out to your healthcare professional.

 

 

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Fibromyalgia and Bisphosphonates

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Bisphosphonates: What Conditions can it Treat?

Bisphosphonates are used to slow down the rate of bone loss. Unfortunately, this group of drugs does not build bone, it simply slows down the process of bone loss. Bisphosphonates can be taken orally or by injection, and commonly include alendronate (Fosamax), ibandronate (Boniva), risedronate and zoledronic acid (Reclast). Bisphosphonates help treat bone disorders, including osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is more likely to occur due to age, menopause, and other medical conditions or medications.

Although bisphosphonates are meant to reduce bone fractures in patients with osteoporosis, it can create some unwanted side effects. One side effect is severe pain that mimics fibromyalgia symptoms. Here we will examine other conditions bisphosphonates can treat and look at its relation to fibromyalgia. Please note that I am not a doctor. This article has undergone research, but it should not replace the advice of your doctor. Reach out to your healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.

What can it treat?

As previously mentioned, bisphosphonates are a group of drugs that help treat bone problems. Specifically, bisphosphonates help patients who have bone loss or who have thin or fragile bones. Patients who have abnormal bone densities or have had several bone fractures are more likely to be given bisphosphonates by their doctor. These medications are prescribed to the patient in order to stop future bone fractures or other injuries.

Besides osteoporosis, there are other conditions that may require bisphosphonate therapy. Other bone disorders include osteopenia, Paget’s disease, and metastatic bone disease. Here is a list in detail of each bone disorder:

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is usually treated with bisphosphonates. It tends to occur in older patients and those individuals with loss of estrogen. The name actually means “porous bones,” which is exactly what the bone looks like in patients with osteoporosis.

Osteopenia

Although osteopenia is similar to osteoporosis, it does have its differences. It occurs when the bones are weaker, but not weak enough where the bones will break easily. Osteopenia is a condition in which the body has difficulty making new bone at the same pace as reabsorbing old bone. Women are more at risk as well as older adults.

Paget’s Disease of Bone

Also known as PDB or osteitis deformans, Paget’s disease is a condition that interferes with the replacement of old bone tissue with new bone tissue. It can lead to fragile or misshapen bones. It more likely affects older adults and commonly occurs in the legs, pelvis, skull, and spine.

Metastatic Bone Disease (MBD)

This disorder is where cancer spreads from the organ to the bone. Cancer can start in the lungs, breast, or prostate, and then it can spread to the bone. Your doctor may suggest several treatment options besides bisphosphonates for this disease.

Other reasons that can lead to bone loss include lack of exercise, nutritional or genetic reasons, and hormones.

Side Effects of Bisphosphonates

It is possible to experience severe pain from bisphosphonates. Additionally, there are other possible side effects. Surprisingly, some side effects involve a different form of osteonecrosis. One example is ONJ or osteonecrosis of the jaw. Osteonecrosis of the jaw tend to occur in patients who are treated for long periods of time with high doses of bisphosphonates. The following is a list of some possible side effects of bisphosphonates, including ONJ:

  • atypical fractures (for example: atypical femoral shaft fractures)
  • atrial fibrillation
  • bone or joint pain
  • severe pain
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • biphosphonate-related osteonecrosis
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • headache
  • bladder infections
  • tiredness
  • dizziness
  • head colds
  • the flu
  • sinus or throat infections

If you experience any severe side effects that you believe to be life threatening, call 911 immediately.

How is it related to fibromyalgia?

Unfortunately, some research has shown that bisphosphonates can trigger pain-like symptoms similar to fibromyalgia. In fact, FDA issued an alert to caution patients about the possible side effect of severe musculoskeletal pain associated with this drug.

However, there have also been some cases in which patients have received IV Pamidronate or other IV bisphosphonate medicines for pain. These have been used to reduce pain specifically in patients with pain-related conditions, including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic back pain, and more. However, there has not been very much research on the topic. The benefits of bisphosphonates should outweigh the risks and side effects if you are considering taking this medicine.

Contact your doctor to find the right treatment option for your condition. Ask your doctor for more information if you have any more questions or concerns or visit American Bone Health online.

 

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Fibromyalgia and Duloxetine

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Duloxetine is a nerve pain medication and antidepressant. It can help treat depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and other conditions related to chronic muscle or bone pain. Common brand names include Cymbalta and Irenka. However, the oral capsule can be available for both a generic and brand-name drug.

This drug does have a Black Box Warning, which is a FDA warming that alerts both doctors and patients of dangerous effects. It is possible that this drug can make your depression worse. Please reach out to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

What is Duloxetine?

Duloxetine is a prescription drug, and it can be used as an oral capsule. It can help treat anxiety, depressive disorder, nerve pain, fibromyalgia pain, and chronic muscle and joint pain. Duloxetine belongs to a class of drugs called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). The drug acts by balancing the chemicals within the brain that can cause anxiety and depression. Because pain signals are interpreted in the brain, the drug also works to inhibit these pain signals through the balancing of these chemicals.

Taking Duloxetine

It is important to follow your doctor’s directions while taking the drug. Only take as directed, especially because it can be a long-term medication. Depending on what your condition is, how you first react to the drug, and the severity of your condition, your doctor can recommend a different dosage.

Fibromyalgia: Adults with fibromyalgia who are 18 years and older tend to have a starting dosage of 30 mg per day for one week. Then, it goes onto 30 to 60 mg per day.

Major Depressive Disorder: Adults can receive 30 to 60 mg per day at first. Then, the maintained dosage can be between 40 to 60 mg per day.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Similar to major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder can start with a dosage of 30 to 60 mg per day. Then, it is usually given as 60 mg per day. Children between the ages of 7 and 17 years old and adults 65 years and older can take this drug. However, they are given a lower dosage (about 30 to 60 mg).

Nerve Pain (Diabetes): Adults are given a 60 mg dosage per day.

Chronic Muscle and Joint Pain: Adults begin with 30 mg per day for one week, and then they tend to take 60 mg per day afterwards.

Important Information: Warnings and Side Effects

There are some concerns and warnings that can arise from duloxetine. Let’s first examine the warnings of duloxetine and precautions you need to be aware of.

Warnings

  • Alcohol: Do not consume alcohol while taking duloxetine. It can increase the risk of severe liver injury.
  • Allergy: Be aware that the drug can cause a severe allergic reaction. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately if you believe you may be having a severe allergic reaction.
  • Liver Disease: Do not take this drug if you have any medical or health conditions associated with the liver, such as chronic liver disease or cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Kidney Disease: Avoid taking duloxetine if you have severe kidney disease. Your kidneys can have a difficult time responding to the drug and can lead to an increased risk of side effects.
  • Pregnant: Women who are pregnant should not take this drug. If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, contact your doctor for more information.
  • Seniors: Adults 65 years and older can be at a greater risk for side effects, such as blood pressure changes. You can also experience low sodium in the blood.
  • Children: This drug should not be given to children younger than 7 years old. Proceed with caution if you are under the age of 18 and seek the advice of your doctor.

Side Effects

  • Sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Decreased weight
  • Increased sweating
  • Stomach pain
  • Liver damage: Symptoms can include itching, dark-colored urine, yellow skin, dizziness, fainting, or pain in the right side of the upper abdomen.
  • Serotonin syndrome: Symptoms can include agitation, hallucinations, coma, racing heart, high or low blood pressure, dizziness, muscle twitching, abnormal bleeding, vomiting, or seizures.
  • Skin reactions: Severe skin reactions can have symptoms like skin blisters, sores in the mouth, hives, or rash.

If you are experiencing severe side effects contact your doctor as soon as possible.

In conclusion…

Be aware of the possible side effects and warnings associated with duloxetine. The drug can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs. However, it is still important to inform your doctor of other medications you are taking in order to avoid any harmful interactions.

Please note: this article did its best to provide updated and correct information, but I am not a doctor. Contact your health care professional for suitable medical advice if you have any more questions or concerns.

 

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Chronic Pain and Topical Lidocaine

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Lidocaine is an anesthetic and antiarrhythmic. It can help treat irregular heartbeats, and also relieve the skin. Here we will be looking at lidocaine topical, though there are other forms like the injection. The injection option for lidocaine can have different side effects than the topical solution. If you are interested in the injection option, contact your doctor for more information.

What is lidocaine topical?

Lidocaine topical can be used as a cream, gel, spray, lotion, liquid, skin patch, ointment, foam, powder, or other forms that are applied to the skin. Do not ingest the topical medicine, and keep it out of the mouth, eyes, and nose. Rinse with water if you accidentally get any medicine in any place other than your skin.

Lidocaine can be found under the following brand names: Bactine, Glydo, Lidoderm, Xylocaine, and more. For a full list visit Drugs.com.

How does it work?

Lidocaine works as a numbing medication that can block nerve signals in the body. It can also help relieve irritated skin. Certain skin conditions may be painful or cause itchiness, such as from minor cuts or burns, insect bites, poison ivy, poison oak, sunburns, eczema, or hemorrhoids. Lidocaine helps by reducing symptoms associated with the conditions listed previously.

What should you know before taking the medication?

Allergies

Do not use lidocaine if you have experienced any allergic reactions to numbing creams or medicines. Let your doctor know about your experience with numbing medication, and keep them informed about your condition, especially if you have had an allergic reaction in the past. It is also important to tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to other medicines you have taken in the past. If you have had any severe reactions to certain foods, dyes, animals, or preservatives, make sure to let your doctor know.

Other Medications

Additionally, tell your doctor if you have had liver disease. Make sure to also relay information concerning other medicine you are taking, such as if you are taking any heart rhythm medicines.

Breast Feeding

Ask your doctor the risk associated with taking lidocaine topical and breast feeding. Do not apply the medication anywhere on the skin where it makes contact with the baby’s mouth. Keep it out of your child’s reach and do not feed it to your child.

Alcohol

There are no known reactions from drinking alcohol and using lidocaine. However, try to consume small amounts of alcohol while using lidocaine.

Side Effects

If you experience any severe side effects, get emergency medical help as soon as possible. It is possible to experience signs of an allergic reaction while using lidocaine. Signs of an allergic reaction include having trouble breathing, the skin has broken out in hives, or the face, lips, tongue, or throat has become swollen.

The following is a list of possible side effects of lidocaine:

  • stinging where the medication is applied
  • blistering
  • dry skin
  • irritation
  • burning
  • dizziness
  • tiredness
  • swelling
  • redness
  • rash
  • confusion
  • blurred vision
  • numbness
  • joint pain
  • tightness of the chest

Contact your doctor about other possible side effects. If you have had a minor reaction from the medication and it does not go away after a few days, check in with your doctor. If your condition worsens, contact your doctor immediately.

Other Important Information

Dosage

The dosage can vary depending on the form of lidocaine you are using. For example, if you are using ointment, your doctor can recommend you apply the medicine on the area of the skin about three to four times a day. On the other hand, if you are using a skin patch to help treat pain associated with shingles, your doctor can recommend using only one to three patches per twelve hours.

Forget to Take On Time

If you miss a dose or forget to change a patch, simply apply the medicine as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time to take your next dose, wait and skip the forgotten dose. It is important to take the medicine as directed and not overcompensate for the missed dose. Certain medicines that come in creams or gels should last even when they are removed after a certain amount of time.

Storage

Make sure to keep the medicine stored in a place where animals and children can not get to it. Additionally, keep it away from moisture and heat in room temperature. A patch that is kept in the heat can impact how the medicine is absorbed into the body. This can lead to an increase in the risk of serious side effects or overdose.

 

 

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