Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

A nurse or other trained health care professional will apply this medicine before your medical procedure. You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before you apply the patch. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.

The patch is applied to your skin about 20 to 30 minutes before your procedure. Tell your doctor if you still have feeling in the skin after 30 minutes have passed.

To apply the patch:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying a patch.
  • This medicine is for use only on the skin. Be careful not to get any of this medicine into your eyes, because it can cause severe eye irritation. If any of the medicine does get into your eyes, wash your eyes with water or saline solution and check with your doctor right away.
  • Leave the patch in its sealed wrapper until you are ready to put it on. Tear the wrapper open carefully. Never cut the wrapper or the patch with scissors. Do not use any patch that has been cut by accident.
  • Do not cut the patch or tear it apart in any way. This could cause medicine to leak out of the patch and burn your skin.
  • Do not apply this medicine to open wounds, burns, broken, irritated, or inflamed skin, or to a large area of the skin, unless directed by your doctor.
  • Do not keep a patch on longer than what your doctor ordered or apply multiple patches at the same time and application site as the first patch.
  • After using the medicine, fold the used patch in half with the sticky sides together. Throw any used patch away so that children or pets cannot get to it.