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Lignocaine 2% Gel

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Generic Name: Lignocaine hydrochloride
Product Name: Lignocaine 2% Gel

Indication

Lignocaine 2% Gel is an anaesthetic gel used as a lubricant for the insertion of instruments for medical procedures, such as catheters, and for the treatment of symptoms of painful inflammation of the urethra and bladder.

Action

Lignocaine belongs to a group of medicines known as local anaesthetics. It works by temporarily blocking the pathway of pain signals along nerves. Pain is caused by the stimulation of pain receptors at the ends of nerves. The stimulation causes sodium to enter the nerve ending, which causes an electrical signal to build up in the nerve. When this electrical signal is big enough, it passes along the nerve to the brain, where the signal is interpreted as pain. works by stopping the sodium entering the nerve ending at the site of the pain. This prevents an electrical signal building up and passing along the nerve fibres to the brain. In this way lignocaine causes numbness and relieves pain at the area it is applied to.

Dose advice

Apply gel as necessary to the affected area. Allow three to five minutes for the anaesthetic to take affect.

Schedule

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Common side effects

Side-effects to this kind of medication are rare and are generally due to sensitisation or allergic reactions.

Uncommon side effects

Uncommonly, this kind of anaesthetic may cause rare side-effects to the central nervous system and the cardiovascular system, causing a number of symptoms.

References

  1. AMH Pty Ltd. Lignocaine. Australian Medicines Handbook: July, 2005.
  2. MIMS Pty Ltd. Lignocaine 2% Gel. Mims Online, Available from: [URL Link]

For further information talk to your doctor.

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Dates

Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 20 October, 2015


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