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What are the side effects of long-term anesthesia (isoflurane) exposure?

What are the side effects of long-term anesthesia (isoflurane) exposure?

Subtle but present: While research is ongoing, there is an increasing body of evidence showing long term exposure to even small amounts of any of the inhaled anesthetics, which includes Isoflourane, has temporary or potentially permanent side effects. They include miscarriages and cognitive impairment such as memory, learning and behavioral deficiency. They are mostly subtle in young, healthy patients though.

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What are the side effects of the dentist's local anesthesia?

What are the side effects of the dentist's local anesthesia?

Here are a few: The most common are elevated heart rate, extended numbness, and bruising. There are less well known ones but the commercials on tv have a list of about one hundred that they have a speed reader rattle off for most other drugs, so in general it's pretty safe.

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Side effects of regional anesthesia for delivery?

Side effects of regional anesthesia for delivery?

Regional anesthesia: Regional anesthesia is extremely safe and commonly used during labor and delivery. At my institution the epidural rate is nearly 90%. We are careful to use as low doses of local anesthetic and opioid combinations. The common effects seen are decreased sensation and motor strength in the lower extremities (expected) and occasionally a decreased blood pressure (also expected) which we treat prn.

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What are the major side effects of general anesthesia?

What are the major side effects of general anesthesia?

Many side effects: The side effects are many but fortunately short lived. Probably the most significant is post operative nausea in the immediate period after surgery, this is treatable. Prolonged "grogginess", confusion in the elderly, sleepiness, sore throat (transient) are other side effects. It is important to know that these are typically absent on day two.

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Can you tell me side effects of being put under general anesthesia?

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Can you tell me side effects of being put under general anesthesia?

Many (small): Anesthesia complications such as airway complications (dental trauma, sore throat);, pulmonary complications (pneumonia, aspiration of gastric juices), cardiovascular complications (heart attack), neurological complications (nerve injuries, etc;), awake under anesthesia, IV issues, nausea. This risks are low with a heathy patient, they increase with each patient's disease.

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Could you tell me what are side effects of being put under general anesthesia?

Could you tell me what are side effects of being put under general anesthesia?

Varied: When we discuss possible side effects we may group them into "more likely", "less likely", and "rare" and personalize the information for the patient's health issues and procedure. Example list: nausea, vomiting, sore throat, tooth damage, inadequate post-op pain relief, allergies or other reaction to medication ranging from minor to severe, heart rhythm problems, urinary retention, etc.

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I was wondering what are some side effects of long term anesthesia (isoflurane) exposure?

I was wondering what are some side effects of long term anesthesia (isoflurane) exposure?

Isoflurane Exposure: This is usually an academic question as the use of this medication is with an anesthesia machine with a scavenging system which eliminates/reduces the occupational exposure risk (niosh recommendation below 2 ppm).

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What side effects does general anesthesia have on a 30 week fetus?

What side effects does general anesthesia have on a 30 week fetus?

Short-lived: General anesthesia that a mother receives passes through her system into the baby's system. However, it goes away quickly too. If the baby were born right away, it might be sleepy or need help with breathing. But assuming that the baby is not born yet, the anesthesia meds will be gone within a few hours. At 30 weeks, all the baby's organs and limbs are formed, so there is no risk of birth defects.

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Can you please tell me about the adverse psychological side effects of anesthesia?

Can you please tell me about the adverse psychological side effects of anesthesia?

Usually none: There are rarely psychological effects from anesthesia. Some people do have a phobia of needles, or losing control, but usually this is not a problem. The drugs themselves do not cause psychological effects. Some concerns do exist, in the extremes of age, of effects on the brain, but these are not clear at this time.

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Could you explain harmful side effects to making someone fall asleep with anesthesia?

Could you explain harmful side effects to making someone fall asleep with anesthesia?

Safe anesthesia: Anesthesia carries with it several serious risks, which can include death and disability. Millions of anesthetics are delivered every year in north america alone and the margin of safety is phenomenal. A patient's risks are determined during work up and there is an asa ps classification system used to categorize patients. In-office oral surgery sedation is extremely well tolerated and safe.

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I have an endoscopy this month and am concerned about being "put under". What are the risks/side effects of general anesthesia. I've never had it.

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I have an endoscopy this month and am concerned about being "put under". What are the risks/side effects of general anesthesia. I've never had it.

Quite safe: In the setting of controlled environment, general anesthesia is extremely safe nowadays. Just make sure you go through the screening questions thoroughly with your anesthesiologist, so he/she knows your allergies, medical history, etc.

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Are there any long-term side-effects of general anesthesia, such as memory loss or dementia?

Are there any long-term side-effects of general anesthesia, such as memory loss or dementia?

Possible: Very rare but I have seen patients where this has happened - get a consult with aneurologist

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What possible side effects could radiofrequency ablation have when done on lower back nerves without anesthesia?

What possible side effects could radiofrequency ablation have when done on lower back nerves without anesthesia?

Radiofrequency Ablat: More side effects from anethesia. The main side effect of radiofrequency ablation is some discomfort, including swelling & bruising at the treatment site that usually goes away after a few days. Leg numbness may develop due to the local anesthesia given during the procedure. It should only last a few hours. Mild back discomfort can occur as the local anesthetic wears off & typically lasts 2-3 days

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What are the off label uses for lexapro (escitalopram)? Is premature ejaculation included? Does lexapro (escitalopram) have many sexual side effects like genital anesthesia?

What are the off label uses for lexapro (escitalopram)? Is premature ejaculation included? Does lexapro (escitalopram) have many sexual side effects like genital anesthesia?

See below: Premature ejaculation (PE) is one of the most common sexual dysfunctions in men with prevalence rates ranging from 21–31%. Lexapro (escitalopram) is in the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which have been shown to be effective in "some" men with PE. Higher doses of SSRIs "may" be associated with loss of libido and/or ED. Lexapro starting dose for PE 10 mg.

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Prolonged side effects of anaesthesia?

None: The medications used during general anesthesia are removed from your body within 72 hours. There is a theoretical concern about mental effects in the extremes of age, but this is not yet definitive.

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Side effects of local anasthesia in dentistry?

Side effects of local anasthesia in dentistry?

Local anesthesia: Usually very little if any, unless you are truly allergic, have high blood pressure (if epinephrine is used) or nursing or pregnant. Always consult your physician for your specific case

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My wife is due for a c section tomorrow and uses marijuana for therapeutic reasons, ie. Stress, anxiety, nausea and appetite. She is scared to smoke marijuana due to possible side effects during general anaesthesia. I think if it calms her nerves now it'

My wife is due for a c section tomorrow and uses marijuana for therapeutic reasons, ie. Stress, anxiety, nausea and appetite. She is scared to smoke marijuana due to possible side effects during general anaesthesia. I think if it calms her nerves now it'

She's right; smoking: marijuana before surgery can cause lung hyperreactivity, low blood pressure, ^ed carboxyhemoglobin, decreased oxyhemoglobin, ^ed risk of strokes in her & the fetus & interactions with pre-op meds & anesthesia. She needs to disclose her chronic antenatal anxiety & THC use to the anesthesiologist & the baby's pediatrician. Both can have long-term adverse effects on a baby's development & behavior.

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Names of typical/common drugs/steroids used for general anesthesia in outpatient sinus surgery? Any risk of cancer side effects or other side effects?

Names of typical/common drugs/steroids used for general anesthesia in outpatient sinus surgery? Any risk of cancer side effects or other side effects?

Anesthesia meds: For a general anesthetic, you may receive intravenous medications such as midazolam, fentanyl, and propofol. You also may receive inhaled medications such as nitrous oxide or sevoflurane (administered with oxygen after you have fallen asleep under general anesthesia). Other medications may include anti-nausea drugs and steroids such as Hydrocortisone or dexamethasone.

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