Lidocaine Infusion by IV
How does Lidocaine given by IV work?
Lidocaine is a local anesthetic similar to what a dentist would use to numb a tooth, or what would be given in a local injection or nerve block. When given by IV, lidocaine seems to calm nerves that contribute to chronic pain, and may reduce your pain. This treatment option is offered by KOPI in addition to your other treatments.
What are the potential side effects during the treatment?
- Oral/Tongue numbness, metallic taste in mouth
- Double vision
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
How can I prepare for the infusion?
- Take your medications as usual
- The day before and morning of the infusion, stay well hydrated and drink at least 2 or 3 large glasses of water, and you may eat as you normally would
- Bring water with you to your appointment
- Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after your infusion
What will happen the day I get a lidocaine infusion?
- An IV will be started
- Your vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation and ECG) will be monitored before, during and after the infusion
- The infusion will take between 25-50 minutes
- If you experience any of the side effects listed above your infusion will be slowed down, or stopped until these effects have eased
- It is common for patients to feel drowsy after their infusion, so try to take it easy for the rest of the day
- You should be able to return to work the next day as usual
- Typically, you can expect to be booked for an infusion every 3 months (90 days)