Xylocaine 2% with adrenaline is used in adults and children above 12 years to:
- numb (anaesthetise) the area of the body where surgery is to be performed.
- provide pain relief in labour, after surgery or after acute injury.
- treat certain types of chronic pain.
Xylocaine with adrenaline contains two different medicines: lidocaine and adrenaline (epinephrine). Each of these works in a different way.
- Lidocaine belongs to a group of medicines called local anaesthetics. These medicines numb (anaesthetise) parts of the body.
- Adrenaline (epinephrine) belongs to a group of medicines called vasoconstrictors. These medicines make the blood vessels where the injection is given narrower. This means you will bleed less and the effects of the medicine will last longer.