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Generic name: lidocaine topical [LYE-doe-kane-TOP-i-kal]
Brand names: AneCream, Bactine, Glydo, Lidoderm, LidoRx,… show all 11 brands
The class of drug: topical anaesthetics

What is AneCream?

Lidocaine Lidocaine is an anaesthetic local to the area (a numbing drug). There are numerous types and brands of lidocaine to choose from. There aren't all brands included in this leaflet.AneCream (for application on the skin) is used to alleviate the discomfort or pain that is caused by irritations to the skin, such as insect bites, sunburns, poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac. It can also be used to treat minor scratches, cuts, or burns. It is also utilised to treat rectal discomfort due to haemorrhoids.The intradermal device Lidocaine is a device that can be used for small surgical procedures like venipuncture or the peripheral cannulation of intravenous veins.AneCream can also be used for other purposes that are not mentioned in this medication guide.

Side effects of AneCream

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you are experiencing warning signs of an allergic reaction, such as symptoms of hives, breathing difficulties, or swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,

AneCream could cause severe adverse reactions. Consult a medical provider immediately if you experience:

  • Severe headache or vomiting;
  • Extreme burning, stinging, or irritation at the site where the medicine was applied.
  • Redness or swelling;
  • Abrupt dizziness and dizziness or following the application of medicine;
  • Issues with vision, speech, or hearing confusion, problems with speech, or vision
  • Strange temperatures and sensations.

Common side effects are:

  • Minor irritation when the medication is sprayed;
  • Numbness at the site where the medicine has been accidentally applied

This list does not represent all possible side effects and other adverse reactions may arise; please consult your physician if any symptoms appear that concern you and report any incidents to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 for investigation.


A large dose of numbing medications can lead to death if an excessive amount of the medication is absorbed into the skin.Do not apply large quantities of lidocaine-based topical creams or cover areas of skin that have been treated with a bandage or wrap without consulting a physician.Use and discard lidocaine patches out of reach of children and pets. The amount of lidocaine contained in the patches' skin can be harmful to children or pets if they accidentally suck onto or swallow the patch.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to use AneCream if you have an allergy to any kind of medication that numbs your body.Fatal overdoses have occurred in cases where numbing drugs were administered without the guidance of a medical professional (such as in the case of cosmetic procedures such as shaving off hair with lasers). But overdoses have also occurred in women receiving numbing medication prior to having a mammogram.Be aware that a lot of cosmetic procedures can be performed without the presence of a physician.

Inform your doctor if you ever had:

  • A blood cell disorder known as methemoglobinemia (in you or a family member);
  • The liver condition
  • If you are taking an anti-heart rhythm medication,

Inform your doctor if you are nursing or pregnant.In the event that you do apply AneCream to your chest, stay clear of the areas that could come into contact with the baby's mouth.

How to take AneCream?

Make use of AneCream exactly as it is stated on the label or as ordered by your doctor. Don't apply the medicine in more than the recommended amount.Unintentional use of lidocaine in the topical can cause death.AneCream comes in various varieties (gel spray, cream lotion, ointment liquid, skin patch, and many more).Do not consume by mouth. Topical medicines are intended for use exclusively on your skin. If this medication gets into your nose, eyes, mouth, rectum, or vagina, wash it off with water.Be sure to read and adhere to any instructions for use that come along with your medication. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor for clarification if you are unsure of the instructions.Apply the least amount of medication needed to soothe the skin or reduce discomfort. Your body may absorb too much medication if you apply excessive amounts, for example, when you apply it to large areas of skin or if you apply bandages, heat, or wraps of plastic to the affected skin areas. Skin that has been cut or inflamed can also absorb more topical medicine than healthy skin.Avoid applying this medication to areas of the skin that are swelling or puncture wounds that are deep. Do not apply the medication to skin that is unclean or blistered. This includes the most severe burn or abrasion.Don't cover your treated skin unless your physician has advised you to.AneCream can be applied with your fingers or with a cotton swab.A lidocaine intradermal device can be applied by a medical professional.Keep it at room temperature, far from heat and moisture Make sure to keep both unused and used AneCream skin patches away from children and pets. A high amount of the drug present in the patches on the skin could cause harm to a child or pet that accidentally chews on or swallows the patch. Seek emergency medical care if this happens.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Because AneCream is used only when it's needed, it is possible that you are not on a schedule for dosing. Do not miss any doses when it's time to take the next dose. Do not take two doses at the same time.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention immediately, or contact us for help at the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. A high dose of numbing medication can result in death if too much medication is absorbed through the skin and then into your blood.The symptoms of an overdose can include irregular heartbeats, seizures (convulsions), slow breathing, coma, and the respiratory system failing (breathing ceases).Lidocaine applied to the skin isn't likely to trigger an overdose unless there is a greater amount than the recommended dosage.

What should be avoided?

Be careful not to touch the sticky surface of a skin patch made of lidocaine when you apply it.Avoid causing injury to treated areas of the skin while they're in a state of numbness. Avoid contact with extremely hot or cool surfaces.

Interaction with other drugs

Skin care products are unlikely to be affected by other medicines that you are taking. However, many medications can interfere with each other. Inform your health care professionals about the medicines you take, which include prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.