A fast acting pain reliever widely used to treat everything from itching to dental pain could be developed into a new medication that offers longer lasting pain relief.
"Because of its versatility and effectiveness at quickly numbing pain in targeted areas, lidocaine has been the gold standard in local anesthetics for more than 50 years," said George Kracke, PhD, an associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the University of Missouri (MU) School of Medicine.
"While lidocaine is effective as a short-term painkiller, its effects wear off quickly. We developed a new compound that can quickly provide longer lasting relief. This type of painkiller could be beneficial in treating sports injuries or in joint replacement procedures."
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