Generic Name: Lignocaine hydrochloride
Product Name: Lignocaine Injection
This drug is used in the treatment of life threatening ventricular arrhythmias, including those associated with heart attacks. It is also used for anaesthesia, either local, regional, or general.
Lignocaine hydrochloride is used to treat disturbances in the heart’s rhythm. The pumping action of the heart is controlled by electrical impulses that are under the control of the nervous system. If the pumping action of the heart is seriously disturbed, this affects the ability of the heart to pump blood effectively around the body. Lignocaine hydrochloride acts by decreasing the sensitivity of heart muscle to electrical impulses. This slows the conduction of electrical signals in the heart muscle, which in turn, helps to restore a regular heart rhythm. This enables the heart to pump blood effectively around the body.
Patients with compromised cardiac function (e.g. congestive heart failure, cardiogenic shock) may require smaller bolus doses.Intravenous infusion is indicated in patients in whom arrhythmia tends to recur after a single injection, and who are not eligible for oral antiarrhythmic therapy.Local Anaesthesia:
Common side effects
This type of medication can sometimes produce toxic effects such as:
Uncommon side effects
 AMH Pty Ltd. Lignocaine. Australian Medicines Handbook: July, 2005.  MIMS Pty Ltd. Lignocaine Hydrochloride Injection. Mims Online, Available from: http://www.mims.com.au
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