Ulcer present in food pipe. Can Lignocaine hydrochloride be swallowed?

Q. Ulcer present in food pipe. Can Lignocaine hydrochloride be swallowed?

Answered by
Dr. Vivek Chail
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 08, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jun 20, 2023

Hello doctor,

My father, aged 45 years is going through chemotherapy after a major surgery in which his stomach was removed. He has Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The medication given to him is R-CHOP. Now, it has been 9 days since his second cycle of chemotherapy and he has painful mouth ulcers, one of which is on the food pipe. Doctor has advised to use Lignocaine hydrochloride as anesthetic before eating to avoid pain. He can tolerate the pain in the mouth but when the food touches the ulcer on the food pipe, it hurts him badly. He is taking Mucaine gel for ulcer on the throat. Is there any quick solution? Can Lignocaine or Lidocaine or Xylocaine hydrochloride 2% be swallowed? Please help.



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In a patient with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) who is post surgery, chemotherapy can cause loss of appetite. Therefore, Mucaine gel is better and Lignocaine hydrochloride should not be used. It has been observed that swallowing Lignocaine hydrochloride causes nausea and vomiting. It is important to discuss with your doctor if fungal infection is there which is causing the sores, then antifungal medicine will heal the sores.

Thank you doctor,

I have just now talked to my doctor. He advised to take tablet Ultracet as a pain killer and asked to continue with Mucaine Gel. Please note, Lignocaine as anesthetic was advised by him only in case if my father was unable to consume food. He advised to swallow a small amount if sore is on food pipe.



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  • The medicine Ultracet contains Acetaminophen and Tramadol which is a good pain relief combination. Please give it as recommended and it will keep your father comfortable.
  • It is better to give soft foods and fluids to avoid pain and burning sensation during swallowing. Small amount of Lignocaine hydrochloride can be tolerated.
  • Mucaine gel will help in reducing burning sensation in the esophagus or food pipe.

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