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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
Drug class: Topical Anesthetics

What is RectiCare?

Lidocaine acts as a local anesthetic. Lidocaine is available in many different brands and forms. This leaflet does not list all brands.RectiCare is used for minor skin irritations like sunburns, insect bites, and poisonous plants such as poison ivy. This medicine can also be used to treat rectal pain caused by hemorrhoids.Lidocaine intradermal devices can be used for minor medical procedures such as venipuncture and peripheral intravenous catheterization.RectiCare can be used in other ways not mentioned in this medication guide.

Side Effects of RectiCare

Seek immediate medical care if you have any of these symptoms: difficulty breathing, swelling in your face, lips, throat, or tongue.

RectiCare can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Severe headache or vomiting;
  • The medicine may cause severe irritation, burning, or stinging where it is applied.
  • Swelling or redness
  • After taking medicine, you may experience sudden dizziness or drowsiness.
  • Confusion, speech problems, vision problems, or ringing in the ears are all symptoms of confusion.
  • Unusual sensations of heat

Side effects that are common include:

  • Mild irritation at the site of application;
  • The medicine accidentally applied to the skin can cause numbness.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor.To report adverse effects, you can contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


A skin-absorbed overdose of numbing medication can have fatal side effects.Avoid using large amounts of topical lidocaine or covering treated skin with bandages or plastic wraps without consulting a doctor.Keep used and unused skin patches away from children or pets. A child or pet that accidentally swallows or sucks the skin patch could suffer harm from the amount of lidocaine.

Before you take this drug

RectiCare should not be used if you have an allergy to any numbing medication.Overdoses can be fatal when numbing medicine is used without the doctor's advice (such as for a cosmetic procedure such as laser hair removal). Overdoses have also happened in women who were given numbing medication before undergoing a mammogram.Be aware that cosmetic procedures can be performed without the presence of a doctor.

Inform your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • A blood cell disorder known as methemoglobinemia in you or your family member;
  • Liver disease
  • If you are taking a medicine for heart rhythm,

Tell your doctor whether you're pregnant or breastfeeding.Avoid areas where the mouth of your baby may come into contact with RectiCare.

How to take RectiCare?

RectiCare should be used exactly as prescribed by your physician or on the label. This medicine should not be applied in higher amounts than prescribed.The improper use of lidocaine topically can lead to death.RectiCare is available in many forms: gel, spray, creams, lotions, ointments, liquids, skin patches, etc.Take it only by mouth. Topical medicines are only to be used on the skin. Rinse with water if this medicine enters your eyes, nose, or mouth.You should read all the instructions that are included with your medicine. If you don't understand the instructions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Do not use more than is necessary to relieve pain or numb skin. You may absorb too many of these medications if they are applied to large areas of skin or when you use heat, bandages, or plastic wraps on the treated area. Cut or irritated skin may absorb more topical medications than healthy skin.This medicine should not be applied to areas of swollen or punctured skin. Use the medicine only on skin that has been burned or blistered.

Cover treated skin only if your doctor tells you to.You can apply RectiCare with your fingers or a cotton swab.A healthcare provider applies the Lidocaine intradermal devices.Keep away from moisture and heat at room temperature.RectiCare patches, both used and unused, should be kept out of reach of pets or children. Lidocaine in the skin patch could cause harm to a pet or child who accidentally swallows or sucks it.

What happens if I miss the dose?

RectiCare can be used as needed, and you might not have a schedule. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip any missed dose. Never take two doses in one go.

What happens if I overdose?

Call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 or seek emergency medical care. If you take too much numbing medication, it can have fatal side effects.Overdose symptoms include irregular heartbeats (convulsions), slow breathing, coma, or respiratory failure.Lidocaine on the skin will not cause an overdose unless you use more than the recommended dosage.

What should be avoided?

When applying a skin patch containing lidocaine, avoid touching the sticky side.Avoid injuring the treated areas of skin while they are still numb. Avoid contacting surfaces that are extremely hot or cold.

Interaction with other drug

Other drugs that you take are unlikely to affect the medicine applied to your skin. Many drugs interact with one another. Inform your healthcare providers of all the medicines you take, including vitamins and herbal remedies.