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where can i get local anesthetics?

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Dr. Shawn Dalton-bethea
Pain Management 20 years experience
Local anesthetics: Hello. What are you trying to treat with local anesthetics? Target, Walmart and your local pharmacies sell over the counter topical and oral forms at very low strengths. You would need a prescription from your medical provider in order to obtain a stronger strength (example topical lidocaine prescription strength seen as strong as 10% and is useful for stab, burn, pins/needles, sting, numbness)

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What are some lasting effects of anesthetic for a AAA repair?

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A few people mentioned eating local honeycomb and honey to help allergies. Is that a wives tale?

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Im going into hospital and im being put to sleep by anesthetic being injected into my IV does it hurt?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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Sometimes: When being placed under general anesthesia, there are many different methods; IV induction is very common. Further, there are numerous different medications that may be chosen by your physician, he or she will choose the one that is most appropriate for you in your situation. A very common agent is propofol, this agent, more than others, can be associated with discomfort on injection.

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