Lidocaine infusion for chronic pain

Coverage Decision

Intravenous infusion of lidocaine for chronic pain is considered investigational and is not covered except under the provisions of WAC 296-20-02850 (When may the department cover controversial, obsolete, investigational or experimental treatment?).

There is insufficient high quality evidence to demonstrate that intravenous infusion of lidocaine is safe and effective for managing chronic pain or that its use for this indication is curative/rehabilitative. Supportive evidence is limited, primarily, to short-term pain improvement in selected neuropathic pain conditions.


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