The uses of XYLOCAINE Pump Spray - Lidocaine/Lignocaine include:
This medicine contains the active ingredient lidocaine hydrochloride (previously known as lignocaine ) which is a type of medicine called a local anaesthetic. It works by temporarily blocking the pathway of pain signals along nerves.
Pain is caused by the stimulation of pain receptors at the ends of nerves. The stimulation causes sodium to enter the nerve ending, which causes an electrical signal to build up in the nerve. When this electrical signal is big enough, it passes along the nerve to the brain, where the signal is interpreted as pain.
Lidocaine works by stopping the sodium entering the nerve ending at the site of the pain. This prevents an electrical signal building up and passing along the nerve fibres to the brain. In this way lidocaine causes numbness and relieves pain at the area it is applied to.