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How should I use lidocaine?

If you are receiving lidocaine before a medical procedure, your doctor will either inject the medication or apply the topical form to the affected area. Over-the-counter medications should be used carefully. Apply as the directions advise you to and avoid areas where your skin is broken or inflamed. Do not get lidocaine in your eyes and do not ingest it. Use only as directed; i.e., only every four to six hours, if that is what the directions instruct you to do.

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