TOPICAINE® 4% is a gel microemulsion containing 4% lidocaine in a non -greasy formulation; with skin permeation enhancers and soothing agents. TOPICAINE® 5% is a similar composition containing 5% lidocaine, with permeation enhancers and even more soothing ingredients such as alpha-bisabolol (the active principle of chamomile) and shea butter.
TOPICAINE® 4% is indicated for the relief of pain and itching caused by: minor skin irritations, minor burns, minor cuts and insect bites. In addition, medical professionals use this product for aesthetic and medical procedures (off-label uses). Check with your physician or nurse practitioner for your particular case and application.
TOPICAINE® 5% has a label indication for use on anorectal pain such as that caused by hemorrhoids. Not to be used inside the rectum. Check with your physician or nurse practitioner for your particular case and application.
No prescription is required to order TOPICAINE®. It is an over-the-counter (OTC) product.
In addition to being sold on-line, it is available through many plastic surgeons´ and dermatologists´ offices, medical spas, and aesthetic professionals such as electrologists and laser hair removal specialists, tattoo and make-up artists studios. Some pharmacies carry the product, but check availability by phone in your particular area.
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Apply a moderately thick layer, approximately 1/8 inch thick. Allow time for numbness to develop: 20-60 minutes are sufficient for the anesthetic effect to be sufficient. After the application time, wipe the skin clean.
A moderately thick layer works best, approximately 1/8 inch thick. It is obtained applying 0.3-0.4 grams of gel per 10 cm2 of skin. As an example, this means applying a dollop the size of a penny to cover the entire upper lip area (from the nostrils to the upper lip contour; area 20 cm2). Or a dollop half the size of a dime, to cover the eyebrow area.
As an average, the skin above the upper lip or eyebrows areas will be sufficiently numb after 20-30 minutes of application. Other areas such as the legs or bikini may take longer, 45-60 minutes.
A few minutes post application it is normal to feel a tingling sensation as the product starts to penetrate the skin. After that, the skin will feel numb or slightly heavy.
The duration of application is the single most important factor in predicting the degree of numbness. The longer the application time, the deeper and more complete the degree of analgesia. For most patients, the application of TOPICAINE® 20-60 minutes will numb the skin enough to alleviate discomfort.
It should not be applied inside the eyes; it is not an ophthalmic product. Contact with the eyes should be avoided. If contact with the eyes occurs, flush the eyes with saline solution or with water. In some areas of the face, such as the skin below the lower eyelashes (stay away from eyelashes and eyes) where the epidermis is very thin, good control of the pain is achieved after 7-10 minutes of application.
These are substances that temporarily change the permeability of the stratum corneum, allowing other substances to cross this barrier more effectively.