Verify Strength and Application Directions For Lidocaine Patches
You'll see more patients on transdermal lidocaine for pain...due to the shift away from opioids and recent NSAID safety warnings.
Topical options offer advantages such as local med delivery and fewer systemic side effects. But they're not always a magic bullet.
Lidocaine patches (Lidoderm, etc) can modestly reduce local neuropathic pain...and seem most helpful when added to oral neuropathy meds (tricyclics, SNRIs, gabapentin, etc).