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What's the difference between narcotics and anesthesia?

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Actions

Narcotics are given to reduce or control pain that a patient is experiencing, they do not reliably put you to sleep.
. Anesthesia is designed to make the entire body insensate to pain by inducing a deep chemical sleep.

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Narcotics are given to reduce or control pain that a patient is experiencing, they do not reliably put you to sleep.
. Anesthesia is designed to make the entire body insensate to pain by inducing a deep chemical sleep.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Ernesto Pretto
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Analgesia/Anesthesia

Narcotic drugs are classified as analgesics (pain medications).
By themselves narcotics do not induce unconsciousness. Therefore, narcotics are used in conjunction with anesthesia gases to induce general anesthesia, which is a medically-induced coma or state of suspended animation.

In brief: Analgesia/Anesthesia

Narcotic drugs are classified as analgesics (pain medications).
By themselves narcotics do not induce unconsciousness. Therefore, narcotics are used in conjunction with anesthesia gases to induce general anesthesia, which is a medically-induced coma or state of suspended animation.
Dr. Ernesto Pretto
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Dr. Chetan Patel
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Some

Narcotics are painkillers while anesthesia (general) includes propofol, inhalation anesthetic , muscle relaxants, narcotics, versad etc.

In brief: Some

Narcotics are painkillers while anesthesia (general) includes propofol, inhalation anesthetic , muscle relaxants, narcotics, versad etc.
Dr. Chetan Patel
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