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Is it a good idea to get a regular dose epidural?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Doesnt work that way

If you are getting an epidural i recommend discussing it with the anesthesia provider early in labor.
They place a catheter and then medication flows through it. There really is not a choice between a regular dose or a low dose epidural. It has more to do with how much medication flows through the catheter and what medications they choose to use.

In brief: Doesnt work that way

If you are getting an epidural i recommend discussing it with the anesthesia provider early in labor.
They place a catheter and then medication flows through it. There really is not a choice between a regular dose or a low dose epidural. It has more to do with how much medication flows through the catheter and what medications they choose to use.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends why

If you're talking about an epidural for labor pain, the medication will be kept on the light side so you can still move your legs and maybe walk around.
If you need a c-section, the medication will be stronger so you don't feel pain during surgery. Epidurals given for back pain use different medications such as steroids. So get the epidural you need--talk to your anesthesiologist.

In brief: Depends why

If you're talking about an epidural for labor pain, the medication will be kept on the light side so you can still move your legs and maybe walk around.
If you need a c-section, the medication will be stronger so you don't feel pain during surgery. Epidurals given for back pain use different medications such as steroids. So get the epidural you need--talk to your anesthesiologist.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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