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27 September 2013

Lidocaine and chlorhexidine

The combination of lidocaine and chlorhexidine is the active ingredient of Cathejell with lidocaine.

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Lidocaine and chlorhexidine
(Also known as Lignocaine and chlorhexidine)

The combination of lidocaine and chlorhexidine is the active ingredient of Cathejell with lidocaine (Nappi code: 701984-004).

General information
The combination of lidocaine and chlorhexidine is a local anaesthetic. Local anaesthetics are drugs that remove feeling and pain, and numb a particular area of the skin.

In South Africa this combination is registered for the numbing of the urethra, the tube that allows urine to pass between the bladder and the outside of the body, before the introduction of a catheter or other instruments.

For this combination to be effective, it has to be used 10 - 20 minutes prior to insertion of the surgical device.

Contact with the eyes should be avoided.

How does the combination of lidocaine and chlorhexidine work?
This combination works by temporarily blocking the pathway of pain signals along nerves.

Fast facts
Drug schedule: schedule 1
Available as: this combination is available as gel.
What does it do? The combination of lidocaine and chlorhexidine is used to desensitise the urethra, the tube that allows urine to pass between the bladder and the outside of the body, before the introduction of a catheter or other instruments.
Overdose risk: low
Dependence risk: low
Is this combination available as a generic? no
Is the combination of lidocaine and chlorhexidine available on prescription only? no

User information
Onset of effect: within 10 minutes
Prolonged use: this product is rarely used for prolonged periods of time.

Special precautions
Consult your doctor before using this drug if:

- you have heart disease
- you are younger than 18
- you have been diagnosed with urethral inflammation or trauma

Pregnancy: avoid. Potential risk to the foetus has been reported. Consult your doctor before use, or if you are planning to fall pregnant.
Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.
Porphyria: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your condition. Consult your doctor before use.
Infants and children: this medication is not intended for use in children under the age of 18 years.
The elderly: No special precautions need to be taken.

Possible side effects

Side effect

Frequency

Consult your doctor

Common

Rare

Only if severe

In all cases

stinging


x

x


burning


x

x


skin rash


x


x

palpitations


x


x

Interactions

Drug interactions

No known interactions.

Overdose action
A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large overdose, seek emergency medical attention.

Recommended dosage
Adults:insert the content of one syringe 10 - 20 minutes prior to installation of catheter.


This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only.
Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.

 
 

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