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What is the lidocaine patch for pain?

Juan P. Villablanca, MD
Neuroradiology
The lidocaine patch for pain is a patch that contains an anesthetic medicine that slowly enters your body when the patch is applied directly to your skin. It is the most common type of pain patch. As your skin absorbs the lidocaine, the medicine numbs the area and decreases pain. If the pain is coming from deep inside your body, the lidocaine patch may not be as effective as an anesthetic medicine that is injected right into the problem area.

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