Lidocaine is a well-known anesthetic. But sometimes, when performing painful procedures, people look for an alternative. There are several reasons for this: allergies, insufficient level of pain relief, etc. Therefore, the question arises as to what can replace lidocaine for pain relief and whether it is worth doing.

What is lidocaine used for?

Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that comes in different forms and can be used for a variety of pain relief. For example, lidocaine solution is used for conduction anesthesia. It can be injected into a muscle or vein. The anesthetic is also available in the form of a spray and serves to numb the skin and mucous membranes. It has been proven that the spray works better on the mucous membrane, and other topical forms of anesthetics, for example, cream, can be used on the skin.

Can lidocaine be replaced with novocaine?

It’s possible, but lidocaine beats novocaine on several points. Firstly, novocaine belongs to ether anesthetics, which differ in that they often provoke an allergic reaction, unlike amide anesthetics, which include lidocaine. Secondly, the effect of novocaine is much less powerful and shorter-lasting. The main disadvantage of using novocaine is that it is used only in the form of injections.

How to replace lidocaine at home?

First, you need to understand why you need to replace lidocaine. If the issue is an allergy or individual intolerance to this substance, then you need to look for an alternative. But if we are talking about an insufficiently strong effect, you can switch from a one-component to a two-component anesthetic. To select an alternative to lidocaine, you need to contact a specialist.
For example, products containing 12.5% lidocaine and 12.5% prilocaine provide better pain relief than products containing lidocaine alone. These include Goosica Numbing cream. It contains no preservatives, which often cause an allergic reaction. The composition of the cream has been well studied and is approved for use in newborns, for example, for vaccinations, removal of tumors, etc. The formula of Goosica Numbing is stable; it can be stored at temperatures up to 30°C. This is good because chilled anesthetics from the refrigerator provide pain relief more slowly.
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To provide local anesthesia, Goosica Numbing should be applied to clean skin in a thick layer. Then the treated area must be covered with cling film and left for 60 minutes. After this time, the remaining cream is removed, and you can begin the procedure.
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