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Are there any medicinal uses of cocaine?

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Dr. Christopher Bojrab
Psychiatry 28 years experience
Rare: Cocaine has been used topically as an anesthetic agent and a medication to reduce bleeding for nasal surgeries and procedures.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
It was a topical/: Local anesthetic originally, and in common use among ENT docs, but the abuse potential, difficulty keeping and storing without diversion, and suitable alternatives make it a footnote. The great breast surgeon, william halsted, was addicted through much of his career.

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