Safety of Lidocaine Use during Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

A physician discussing the use of lidocaine during pregnancy
A physician discussing the use of lidocaine during pregnancy
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A physician discussing the use of lidocaine during pregnancy
A physician discussing the dosing regimen of lidocaine with a pregnant subject

What is lidocaine?

Clinical applications of lidocaine

Lidocaine incorporated creams
Lidocaine incorporated creams

Use of lidocaine during pregnancy

Buccal use

According to the data published by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, it is safe to use lidocaine in pregnant women who are in their third trimester with a simple precaution i.e. the exposure to lidocaine should not exceed a duration of 3 hours.

Topical use

Intravenous use

An injection along with a vial
An injection along with a vial

Epidural use

Potential side effects of lidocaine

FAQs about Lidocaine and pregnancy

Does lidocaine affect the infant when used at the time of delivery?

Can lidocaine increase the risk of birth defects?

Does lidocaine have an effect on fertility?

Is it safe to breastfeed while being on lidocaine?


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Uzma Zafar is a dedicated and highly motivated pharmaceutical professional currently pursuing her PhD in Pharmaceutics at the Punjab University College of Pharmacy, University of the Punjab. With a comprehensive academic and research background, Uzma has consistently excelled in her studies, securing first division throughout her educational journey.

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