Xylocaine 5% Ointment is used:
Xylocaine belongs to a group of medicines called local anaesthetics. It works by making the pain nerves unable to pass messages to the brain.
Your doctor, pharmacist or dentist will have explained what Xylocaine 5% Ointment is used for and told you what dose you should use.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor, pharmacist or dentist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
A health professional may recommend this medicine for another use. Ask them if you want more information.
Xylocaine 5% Ointment is not addictive.
Before you use Xylocaine
When you must not use it
Do not use Xylocaine 5% Ointment if you an allergy to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
Do not use Xylocaine 5% Ointment in children under 2 years of age.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should be using this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or dentist.
Before you start to use it
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or dentist if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or dentist if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
It may not be safe for you to use Xylocaine 5% Ointment if you have any of these conditions.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or plan to be pregnant or are breastfeeding. Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.
How to use it
Your doctor, pharmacist or dentist will tell you how much ointment you should use. The dose depends on the size of the area and the procedure involved.
Apply a thin layer of the ointment to the affected area for adequate control of symptoms.
A sterile gauze pad covering to the affected area is recommended.
Do not apply to large areas of the body, except on the advice of a doctor or pharmacist.
Do not apply to broken skin.
Do not exceed the recommended dose or use of Xylocaine 5% Ointment for prolonged periods except on the advice of your doctor.
For tender or sore nipples, apply a small amount of the ointment on a piece of gauze. Wash all the ointment away before breastfeeding.
Apply a thin layer of ointment to the affected area no more than 3 to 4 times a day when necessary.
The maximum single dose is 5g of ointment. This is roughly equivalent to squeezing a 15 cm length of ointment from the tube. Do not use more than 17 - 20g of ointment in any 24 hours.
CHILDREN (2 - 12 YEARS):
For children 2 to 12 years old, apply a thin layer to the affected area no more than 3 times a day, when necessary.
Do not use more than 0.1g ointment/kg bodyweight as a single dose.
Do not apply more than 3 doses during any 24 hours. Do not use in children under 2 years of age.
Ask your doctor, pharmacist or dentist if you are unsure about the amount of Xylocaine 5% Ointment to use.
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