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A 25-year-old female asked:

what are chances of having severe reaction with lidocaine to numb nose/throat for procedure? i had novocaine before, is novocaine and lidocaine same?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Masiello
Hematology and Oncology 18 years experience
Unlikley: Novocaineand lidocaine are different members of the same family of anesthetics. There are reports of severe allergic reactions to these agents but they are very rare. In the hands of skilled physicians these agents are considered very safe.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
I agree. If you tolerated one, you should tolerate others in that class. But if you have had a problem with one you may well have a problem with the others..
Oct 5, 2014

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