DEPARTMENTS: Drugs in DermatologyLidocaineLin, Elaine J.; Jacob, Sharon E.Author Information Elaine J. Lin, MD, Department of Dermatology, University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA. Sharon E. Jacob, MD, Department of Dermatology, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. The authors declare no conflict of interest. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Sharon E. Jacob, MD, Department of Dermatology, Loma Linda University, 11370 Anderson Street, Suite 2600, Loma Linda, CA 92354. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association: November/December 2016 - Volume 8 - Issue 6 - p 394-396 doi: 10.1097/JDN.0000000000000265 Buy Metrics Abstract ABSTRACT By definition, a drug is a medicine or substance that exerts a physiologic effect on an organism. In dermatology, medications and substances are utilized on a daily basis from topical treatments to anesthetics in micrographic surgery. The purpose of this section is to focus on some of the more common substances, specifically how they work, how they are utilized, and their routine alternatives (if available). The mechanism of action, usage, and alternatives of the medication lidocaine are discussed. Copyright © 2016 by the Dermatology Nurses' Association.