Are Lidocaine Patches Available Over The Counter?

In this article, our pharmacist discuss whether or not lidocaine patches are available over the counter.

Nov 01, 2017

Brian Staiger asked

Are lidocaine patches available over the counter? I have a prescription but they are too expensive.


Yes, lidocaine patch products are available over the counter. They can offer very beneficial relief for aches, muscle pain and nerve related pain.

While the prescription strength of lidocaine patches is 5%, you can find lidocaine patches up to 4% at most pharmacies. The commonly carried products are:

  • Icy Hot Lidocaine 4%
  • Salonpas Lidocaine 4%
  • Aspercreme Lidocaine Patch

Lidocaine patches that you can get over the counter are significantly less expensive than their prescription counterparts. While the prescription version can cost up $20-50 per patch, the over the counter products range from $1-3 per patch.

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