A 37-year-old member asked:
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how long does novocain (procaine) anesthetic take to wear off?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
23 years experience Family Medicine
Give it time: Novocaine is a local anesthetic; it is supposed to make the area numb. Depending on your metabolism and how much was used, novocaine shots typically wear off in about 3-6 hours. Sometimes novocaine is mixed with Marcaine or another local anesthetic, and may take up to 12 hours to completely wear off. If you are worried, check with the doctor who did the procedure you were numbed up for.
Answered on Jan 19, 2016
Dr. David Rosenfeld
27 years experience Pain Management
Not long: Several hours at most.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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With Lidocaine..: .... You're not asleep, you're just numb. With a general anesthetic, you're asleep.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sawyer
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2-3 hours: Most of the time it takes 2-3 hours for novacaine to wear off. Sometimes it can seem a bit longer. There are some brands that last twice as long.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kiyan Mehdizadeh
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2 hours: Novocaine is the brand name of an anesthetic that is no longer used. Most likely the anesthetic you were given was lidocaine. Lidocaine is the most co ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
38 years experience Podiatry
1 1/2 - 2 hours: Length of anesthesia can vary depending on a variety of factors.

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