Lidocaine 5% Ointment (15g)

  • Local anaesthetic
  • Effective genital herpes treatment
  • Ease of application
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What is Lidocaine 5% ointment?

Lidocaine 5% ointment is a topical medicine that is used to numb the skin in a variety of conditions. It is a prescription-only product that is prescribed to treat the likes of eczema, insect bites and mild burns to the skin's surface. It is often prescribed for genital herpes and will get to work very quickly.

What is Lidocaine 5% ointment used to treat?

Lidocaine is an anaesthetic medicine. It works by impairing the nerves' function to transmit pain sensations to your brain. This helps to lessen the pain that comes with conditions like eczema, genital herpes and burns. At the same time, the cream can help to soothe the skin's soreness, providing pain relief.

Can you purchase Lidocaine 5% over the counter?

This medicine is only available to purchase on prescription. You can order Lidocaine 5% ointment online from Medicine Direct following a confidential online consultation with a doctor. They will review your medical history and symptoms and issue a prescription to purchase this medicine if they deem it suitable. You can then order it from our online pharmacy; place your order by 2pm and we can offer you next day delivery.

Who can and can't use Lidocaine skin cream?

Lidocaine 5% is an effective anaesthetic treatment, but it is not suitable for everyone to use.

Do not use Lidocaine 5% ointment if:

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in this medicine, or any other amide-type local anaesthetics
  • You or your child has porphyria, methaemoglobinaemia or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
  • The affected area has cuts, rashes, eczema, bleeding and scabs, or the skin feels sore

Make sure you tell your doctor before using Lidocaine 5% ointment if you have (or have a history of) any liver, kidney or heart problems. In some cases, Lidocaine may interact with medicines you may already be using.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Lidocaine 5% ointment comes with the risk of side effects, although not everybody will get them. Some people might only experience mild adverse effects, while many people will experience no adverse reactions at all.

Common side effects of this medicine might affect 1 in 10 users and can include:

  • Itching or tingling sensation at the site of application
  • Pale skin with red spots or mild swelling at the site the ointment was applied


Please speak to your doctor if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away.

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for information on more serious reactions you might suffer from using this product.

How to cope with side effects

If you suffer itching or tingling and it becomes unbearable, take the cream off and speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

If you get pale skin with red spots or mild swelling, you should also take the cream off. These symptoms should disappear once this has happened, but if you still have them after 24 hours, speak to your doctor.

Lidocaine 5% Ointment Dosage and Directions

Our pharmacists follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Lidocaine ointment.

Always apply Lidocaine cream as instructed by your doctor. Read the patient information leaflet and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

The cream is for topical use only. Do not ingest it.

Avoid contact with the eyes. If you get the cream in your eyes, rinse them immediately with clean water.

Always remember to wash your hands before and after applying the cream.

How to apply

In the treatment of genital warts where blisters and sores are present, this topical cream can be applied around the penis and scrotum for men, and around the vagina for women.

Gently clean and dry the affected area(s) before applying the cream. Spread a small amount of the cream onto the affected area, but do not rub it into the skin.

You may experience a stinging or tingling sensation for a few seconds after applying the cream. You should notice your discomfort easing after a few minutes.

Lidocaine 5%'s anaesthetic effects will normally work quite quickly and last for approximately four hours. Once you have regained feeling in the affected area, you may wish to reapply the cream.

If you are a man with sores or blisters around the head of your penis, and find it painful to urinate, you may wish to apply a small amount of Lidocaine 5% to the area a few minutes before urinating.

What if I apply too much?

Applying too much ointment can cause adverse effects. Speak to your doctor if you have applied too much ointment.

Lidocaine 5% Ointment Side Effects

Information on common side effects can be found on the main page.

Serious allergic reaction

In very rare cases, you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Lidocaine 5% ointment.

You must either go to A&E or call 999 straight away if you notice any of the following:

  • You are wheezing
  • You get a skin rash that may have red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You are finding it hard to breathe or speak
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat
  • You have swelling in your face, mouth, tongue, lips or throat


You may be having a serious allergic reaction and need treatment in hospital straight away.

Please read the patient information leaflet for full information on side effects and how to cope with them. If you are worried about side effects, please speak to your doctor before using this treatment.

Lidocaine 5% Ointment Warnings and drug interactions

Cautions with other medicines

Before using Lidocaine, you need to inform your doctor of any other prescription or non-prescription medicine you are using, including herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

Lidocaine may affect how other medicines work, but if you have applied it correctly, it should not interact with any other medication you are using. Interactions are more likely to occur if you use Lidocaine in high doses or are having lidocaine injections.

Inform your doctor if you have porphyria, methaemoglobinaemia or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. The medicines used to treat these conditions might interact with Lidocaine.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of warnings and drug interactions. Please speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns, before you start to use this medication.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

It is generally considered safe to use Lidocaine 5% when pregnant or breastfeeding. However, please make sure your doctor is aware if:

  • You are pregnant
  • You are breastfeeding
  • You are trying to get pregnant
  • You think you might be pregnant

Lidocaine 5% Ointment Ingredients

The active ingredient in this medicine is lidocaine.

Refer to the patient information leaflet for a full list of inactive ingredients. Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to any of the ingredients it contains.

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Please note that next day delivery to Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands and British Isles cannot be guaranteed. Please contact our team for more information.

Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 04/06/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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