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any advice? what stores can you buy a topical anesthetic at?

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Dr. Gary-Anthony Lawson-Boucher
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Anesthetics: Any pharmacy or supermarket sells different formulations of local anesthetics.

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How long does an epidural anesthetic last?

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Epidural anesthetic: It depends on why it was given. If for childbirth, the epidural lasts a few hours at most once it is removed. If for back pain or a pinched nerve, an epidural anesthetic also contains a steroid so the effect on pain can last months.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Do you have to take an anesthetic injection before getting a cavity filled?

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Not necessarily: Some cavities are quite near the surface of the tooth. They can be filled without needing any numbing medication. Deeper cavities which are nearer to the root of the tooth may require local anesthesia to be filled comfortably. Your dentist will advise you as to the best way to have dental work done safely and comfortably.
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Can oral anesthetic spray be swallowed?

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Equivocal: Anesthetic spray can be swallowed, but should be avoided as it can numb the gag reflex & lead to choking &/or aspiration of food.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Why do you take oral anesthetics?

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I dunno!: You need to be a little bit more specific with your question. However, most people take them due to baby's teething issues, denture sore spots, or relief from canker sores. But why do you take oral anesthetics? I dunno!
A 45-year-old member asked:

What is the most effective over-the-counter topical anesthetic?

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Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Benzocaine: Topical preparations that contain Benzocaine (an ester-type local anesthetic) are probably the most effective "anesthetics". If you mean "analgesics" (i.e. Pain relief) then other compounds may work as well or better. Depends on what you are treating.

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