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Doctor insights on: Lidocaine Vs Novocaine

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Dr. Amit Basu
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Procaine (Definition)

Procaine is an ether anesthetic which is a kind ...Read more


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Could novocaine/lidocaine work for everybody?

Could novocaine/lidocaine work for everybody?

Yes: It will work for everybody, it works on nerves, everybody has the same type nerves, there are very rare exceptions tough. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between lidocaine and novocaine?

Local Anesthetics: Both Lidocaine (xylocaine) and novocaine(procaine) are local anesthetics that anesthetize, or numb. Lidocaine is an amide and novocaine an ester local anesthetic respectively -- this refers to their chemical structure and bonding that dictate onset of action, duration of action and metabolism to some degree. Essentially, they both have the same action. ...Read more

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Could i be allergic to novocaine or lidocaine?

Generally, yes: Practically any drug can cause allergic reaction. Having said that, the true allergy, defined as a reaction mediated by antibodies etc., is more common to novocaine, than to lidociane, particularly if it is in preservative- free solution. Your doctor will help you to determine the right answer after gathering a bit more information. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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It possible to reverse the effects of novocaine/lidocaine/procaine?

It possible to reverse the effects of novocaine/lidocaine/procaine?

Yes: There is now a dental anesthetic reversal agent, oraverse, that can be used after your dental procedure has been completed. It is administered the same way as the Lidocaine is given, via injection. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to novocaine or lidocaine? If so, what are the options then?

Yes/no: While Novocaine allergies do occur occasionally, true allergies to lidocaine are extremely rare. If this has actually been documented by an allergist, there are few good alternatives. Many people think they are allergic due to rapid heart rate- this is actually a normal reaction to epinephrine commonly used together. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about wisdom teeth pulled done by novocaine or lidocaine?

Common Procedure: Novocaine or Lidocaine are one of several types of local anesthetics administered to anesthetize or numb the areas where the teeth are to be removed. Many patients have wisdom teeth surgery just with local anesthesia and do well. You will be able to feel the sensation of pressure and be fully aware of the procedure, but should not feel any pain (sharp sensation). ...Read more

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What are chances of having severe reaction with lidocaine to numb nose/throat for procedure? i had novocaine before, is novocaine and lidocaine same?

Unlikley: Novocaineand lidocaine are different members of the same family of anesthetics. There are reports of severe allergic reactions to these agents but they are very rare. In the hands of skilled physicians these agents are considered very safe. ...Read more

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I am allergic to novacain, septocaine, and lidocaine. What options can the dentist use?

Testing: Your allergist can also perform novocaine, lidocaine, etc testing to truly determine if you are allergic. ...Read more

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I am allergic to novacain, septocaine, and lidocaine. Is there anything else that can be used for a dental procedure?

I am allergic to novacain, septocaine, and lidocaine. Is there anything else that can be used for a dental procedure?

See an allergist: People with allergies to local anesthetics tend to cross-react to medicines within the same chemical group. You've listed medicine from both major anesthetic groups, which is not common. An allergist can perform testing to determine: 1) if you are truly 'allergic' or have other types of reactions, 2) exactly what drugs from each class you react to, 3) if there are drugs you can safely take. ...Read more

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Please tell me what is lidocaine?

Anesthetic: Lidocaine is a very useful anesthetic usually injected for the performance of local surgery and can also be infused for the control of heart rhythm disturbances. It is a very useful drug with very low toxicity. ...Read more

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Is there a way to reverse lidocaine?

Time: There is no reversal agent for lidocaine, so you must wait for it to wear off, usually in less than 60-90 minutes. ...Read more

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What are the effects of lidocaine on a nerve?

What are the effects of lidocaine on a nerve?

Na channel blocker: Yes, it is a sodium channel blocker, so it is used as local anesthetic and as anti arrythmic agent. Local anesthetics (lidocaine ) block the influx of sodium and prevent the generation of an action potential and its transmission along a nerve. ...Read more

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What are lidocaine & prilocaine for?

Local anesthetics: In combination Lidocaine + prilocaine = EMLA (lidocaine and prilocaine) topical cream. Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic of the amide group and commonly used for this purpose (e.g. dental office). Prilocaine is a local anesthetic of the amino amide type and used for local anesthesia. ...Read more

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What could happen if lidocaine/prilocaineeutectic mixture was consumed orally?

How much?: If just a tiny bit was consumed say a pea size amount nothing will happen but you may get a numb tongue or posterior pharynx ( back of throat ) for an hour or so. If the entire tube was taken i would see how many milligrams of lido/prilo were in the tube . Much of the medication would be broken-down in the stomach but you would absorb some. If you ate the entire tube i would go to the er. ...Read more

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Lidocaine ok for shingles?

Lidocaine ok for shingles?

Shingles and lidocai: Sure if it works for you. You would be in much better shape than with the opioids. ...Read more

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Is lidocaine tetracaine safe?

Two different meds: If I understood your question correctly, lidocaine (an amide) is also a local anesthetic, yet chemically it is different from tetracaine (an ester). The chance of allergic reaction is higher with ester-type drug (Novocaine, tetracaine). Duration and metabolism is also different. One should consult a doctor with the specific questions regarding safety. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What is lidocaine tetracaine for?

Local anesthesia: Lidocaine and tetracaine are local anesthetics; each is a distinct molecule. ...Read more