Double-Check the Dosage Form on Topical Lidocaine Orders
There'll be more patients on transdermal lidocaine...due to safety concerns with opioids (oxycodone, etc) and oral NSAIDs (naproxen, etc).
Topical analgesics offer advantages. They work right on the area where they're applied...and may cause fewer whole-body side effects.
But they're not a magic bullet.