Is lidocaine an opiate

Not medical advice: No. Opiates are a type of narcotic drug that serve as depressants in the central nervous system (CNS). Opiates come from opium, which can be produced naturally from poppy plants or derived from semi-synthetic alkaloids.

Lidocaine is not related to narcotic medications. Some of the most common opiates include morphine, codeine, oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Lidocaine is an anesthetic or numbing agent injected in the spinal column. It works by blocking nerve signals in your body. It helps with irregular heartbeats when applied intravenously.

Inappropriate use of lidocaine patches has been cited at Monthly Prescribing Reference.

Updated on Monday, September 23 2013 at 08:54AM EDT
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