Intravenous Lidocaine Infusion
What should I expect from this procedure?
The intravenous lidocaine infusion is used to assess the potential benefits of lidocaine and related medications on managing your pain. Depending on the specific cause of your pain, some patients report immediate and continued relief associated with the intravenous administration of lidocaine. Other patients with different reasons for their pain indicate that their pain relief is slow in coming on and may last only as long as the medication is being infused. Yet another group of patients receiving the intravenous lidocaine describe some unpleasant or non-beneficial response from the lidocaine. However, prior to the performance of the procedure, your physicians have no way of identifying which group you may belong to. If you noted significant improvement in your pain or change in the way your pain feels during the course of the infusion, your evaluating physicians request that you pay special attention to how long the beneficial effects of this medication last and report this to us either with a telephone call, after you leave the Advanced Pain Institute, or at the time you are scheduled to see us next for further evaluation and/or treatment.
What possible side effects might I see?
Generally, there are no side effects following the intravenous infusion of lidocaine. Because of the nature of this procedure, the maximum effects of the medicine are seen during the time you are being carefully observed by the physicians and staff of the Advanced Pain Institute. Occasionally, patients do describe some peculiar feelings for hours following an intravenous lidocaine infusion. Such feelings can include general fatigue, persistent dizziness or a headache. All of these symptoms that have been previously reported, however, seem to disappear within the first day following the procedure. While we would like to reassure you that such side effects are not dangerous, if you have concerns regarding any particular side effect, or potential complication to the lidocaine infusion that you received, we would appreciate you contacting the physicians and staff of the Advanced Pain Institute to ask us specific questions.
What should I do if any problems develop after I leave the Advanced Pain Institute?
Call the Advanced Pain Institute at (626) 445-2371.