What is Lidocaine/Lignocaine 5% Ointment Xylocaine®
Lidocaine 5% topical is used to temporarily numb and relieve pain from minor burns (including sunburn), skin abrasions, insect bites, and other painful conditions affecting mucous membranes. Lidocaine belongs to a class of drugs called local anesthetics.
Xylocaine® Ointment is used as a topical local anesthetic to provide analgesia (pain relief) to a local area of skin for certain minor surgical procedure. These include needle insertion, such as taking blood samples or applying intravenous catheters; cleaning leg ulcers; superficial surgical procedures like split skin grafting and superficial surgery involving genital skin. When applied to the skin prior to the procedure, Xylocaine® Ointment provides effective analgesia throughout the procedure, which continues for some time after.
Xylocaine® Ointment contains an anaesthetic lignocaine 5%. This anesthetic is amino amide that acts directly on nerve endings in the skin to block the generation and transmission of specific nerve impulses in a defined area, and this provides reversible loss of sensation in the superficial pain receptors. Lignocaine work by stabilising the membranes of nerve cells by blocking the influx of sodium ions through voltage-gated sodium channels in the cell membranes and this inhibits the generation of a nerve impulse and its transmission to the brain, which means that no sensation of pain will be received by the pain receptors, although other sensations such as pressure may still be perceived. Xylocaine® Ointment is absorbed through the layers of the skin reaching the nerve endings and pain receptors, where they work together to numb the area of skin before a potentially painful procedure such an injection.
Brand Names: AneCream, Bactine, Glydo, LidaMantle, Lidoderm, LidoRx, Medi-Quik Spray, RadiaGuard, Regenecare HA Spray, Solarcaine Aloe Extra Burn Relief