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Are there any medicinal uses of cocaine?

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Rare: Cocaine has been used topically as an anesthetic agent and a medication to reduce bleeding for nasal surgeries and procedures.

Answered 6/24/2014

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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.

Answered 9/28/2016

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