Consider OTC Alternatives to Lidoderm

Safety concerns with opioids and NSAIDs will lead to more interest in using lidocaine patches (Lidoderm, etc).

Rx lidocaine 5% patches seem to help postherpetic neuralgia and some other types of localized peripheral neuropathic pain.

Patients may want to try them for back pain or osteoarthritis...even though there's not good evidence they help.

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