Xylocaine 10mg Spray
Xylocaine Spray is a non-sterile solution used to numb (anaesthetise) parts of the body to reduce pain and reflex gagging during medical procedures.
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What Xylocaine Spray is and what it is used for
The name of your medicine is ‘Xylocaine 10 mg Spray’. It is referred to as ‘Xylocaine Spray’ in the rest of this leaflet. Xylocaine Spray contains a medicine called lidocaine. This belongs to a group of medicines called local anaesthetics. Xylocaine Spray is a non-sterile solution used to numb (anaesthetise) parts of the body to reduce pain and reflex gagging:
• During medical examination of the nose, throat, stomach or lungs requiring the insertion of viewing instruments
• Minor procedures involving the nose and throat
• After childbirth.
• During treatment at the dentist.
What you need to know before you use Xylocaine Spray
Do not use Xylocaine Spray:
• if you are allergic to lidocaine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
• if you are allergic to any other local anaesthetics of the same class (such as prilocaine or bupivacaine).
You must not be given Xylocaine Spray if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor, nurse, dentist or pharmacist before you are given Xylocaine Spray.
Warnings and precautions Talk to your doctor, nurse, dentist or pharmacist before having Xylocaine Spray:
• if you have any cuts, sores or ulcers in your throat, mouth or nose.
• if you have a chest infection.
• if you have epilepsy.
• if you have heart problems such as a slow heart beat.
• if you have very low blood pressure.
• if you have liver or kidney problems.
• if you have ever been told that you have a rare disease of the blood pigment called ‘porphyria’ or anyone in your family has it.
How to use Xylocaine Spray
• Do not use more than 20 sprays.
• You should use as few sprays as possible.
• Do not get the spray in your eyes.
• The spray nozzle is bent so that it works properly.
Do not try to change the shape of the nozzle or it might break.
How to use Xylocaine Spray in the mouth and throat
•When Xylocaine Spray is used in the mouth and throat it causes a loss of feeling. This makes it more likely that food or liquid may go down the wrong way. Also, this may make it difficult to swallow or cause some people to accidentally bite their tongue or cheek.
• Xylocaine Spray should be used with care in older people, in people who are in poor general health and in children
Always read the patient information leaflet before use
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects although not everybody gets them.
Severe allergic reactions (rare, may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
If you have a severe allergic reaction, tell your doctor immediately. The signs may include sudden onset of:
• Swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat. This may make it difficult to swallow.
• Severe or sudden swelling of your hands, feet and ankles.
• Difficulty breathing.
• Severe itching of the skin (with raised lumps).
Other possible side effects:
• Irritation where Xylocaine Spray has been used.
• Feeling nervous.
• Feeling dizzy.
• Feeling sleepy.
• Loss of consciousness.
• Sore throat.
• Hoarse voice or loss of voice.
• Low blood pressure. This might make you feel dizzy or light-headed.
• Fits (seizures).
• Difficulty breathing or slow breathing.
• Slow heart beat.
• Stopped breathing or a stopped heart beat.