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Claims for Patent: 5,709,869

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Claims for Patent: 5,709,869

Title: Method for treating nerve injury pain associated with shingles
Abstract:Methods and compositions are offered for reducing nerve injury pain associated with shingles (herpes-zoster and post-herpetic neuralgia), where intradermal delivery of lidocaine is maintained for a predetermined period of time. The lidocaine appears to specifically affect the damaged nerve fibers, while leaving the undamaged and normal nerve fibers with retention of response to other stimuli. Lidocaine formulations are provided which allow for the necessary dosage of the lidocaine in the dermis during the period of treatment. The formulation may be covered with an occlusive or non-occlusive dressing, which protects the lidocaine formulation from mechanical removal and enhances the transport of the lidocaine into the dermis. Long term relief is realized after maintenance of the administration of lidocaine has been terminated.
Inventor(s): Hind; Harry (Los Altos, CA)
Assignee: Hind Health Care, Inc. (Los Altos, CA)
Application Number:08/773,529
Patent Claims: 1. A method for treating neuropathies causing pain at a site with the induction of analgesia by intradermal administration, said method comprising:

applying at the site of pain, a plaster or gel, comprising from about 2 to 10% by weight of lidocaine at least in part as the free base in a formulation which provides for intradermal transport of said lidocaine,

whereby said lidocaine is transported intradermally to provide for analgesia at the site of said neuropathy.

2. A method according to claim 1, wherein said formulation comprises at least one of propylene glycol and glycerin as a co-solvent.

3. A method according to claim 2, wherein said co-solvent comprises at least one of D-sorbitol and water.

4. A method according to claim 1, wherein said applying is with a plaster comprising a cover selected from the group consisting of polyvinyl chloride, polyvinylidene chloride, polyethylene, synthetic rubber, woven polyester fabric and non-woven polyester fabric.

5. A method for treating neuropathies causing pain at a site with the induction of analgesia by intradermal administration, said method comprising:

applying at the site of pain, a plaster comprising: a physiologically acceptable adhesive, comprising from about 2 to 10% by weight of lidocaine at least in part as the free base, water, sodium polyacrylate, and propylene glycol, in a formulation which provides intradermal transport of said lidocaine; and

a non-woven polyester covering;

whereby said lidocaine is transported intradermally to provide for analgesia at the site of neuropathy.

6. A method according to claim 5, wherein said lidocaine is present in 5% by weight.

7. A method for treating neuropathies causing pain at a site where the induction of analgesia by intradermal administration, said method comprising:

applying at the site of pain, a gel, comprising from about 2 to 10% by weight of lidocaine at least in part as the free base in a formulation which provides for intradermal transport of said lidocaine,

whereby said lidocaine is transported intradermally to provide for analgesia at the site of said neuropathy.
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