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A 44-year-old member asked:

what is an antagonist of novocain (procaine)?

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Dr. Anthony Pollizzi
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
None: there is no reversal agent for this drug, it just has to "wear off" on its own
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Phentolamine: may be used to reverse the effects of the local anesthetic in patients who have received local for dental treatment.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Info on procaine plz?

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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Novocaine: Procaine (novocaine) is an outdated medication. Many people still are under the impression that novocaine is being used. The reality is that most dentists use lidocaine. Procaine can cause allergic reactions. Allergic reactions to procaine are from its metabolite paba. This is the reason why Lidocaine is used now, because it is safer. There are other options as well, like carbocaine&bupivicaine.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is there any way to reverse the effects of procaine?

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Dr. Mary Efremov
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Time: Local anesthetics will wear off.....Depending on individual...Adrenaline prolngs the duration and reduces bleeding so it is used by dentists.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Whats the difference between procaine and novacaine?

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Dr. Mary Efremov
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Structure: The molecules are similar and do the same thing but their chemical structure is different.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can novocain (procaine) have side effects after?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Unlikely!: Novocaine, which is a type of local anesthesia injected to numb an area, wears off relatively quickly within an hour or two. It is absorbed into the body and metabolized. Once the numbing effect is gone, there are no other side effects.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can I ask the dentist to not put numbing paste on before the novocain (procaine) shot?

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Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dentistry 39 years experience
Yes: Of course, the topical is there to help the little pinch as the needle enters the tissue. If you dont like it let your dentist know.

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