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Chloroprocaine

Generic Name: Chloroprocaine (klor oh PROE kane)
Brand Name: Nesacaine, Nesacaine-MPF

Uses of Chloroprocaine:

  • It is used to numb an area of the skin before care.
  • It is used to stop pain.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Chloroprocaine?

  • If you have an allergy to chloroprocaine or any other part of chloroprocaine.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: A heartbeat that is not normal, or an infection in the blood or where this medicine will be given.
  • If you are taking a sulfa (sulfonamide) drug. Ask your doctor if you are not sure if any of your drugs are a sulfa drug.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with chloroprocaine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Chloroprocaine?

For all uses of chloroprocaine:

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • If you are 65 or older, use chloroprocaine with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Epidural:

  • This medicine may cause short-term loss of feeling and motor activity in the lower half of your body. Do not try to get out of bed or do other tasks or actions until feeling and motor activity have returned to normal.

How is this medicine (Chloroprocaine) best taken?

Use chloroprocaine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as a shot.
  • Your doctor will give this medicine.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • This medicine is given on an as needed basis.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

For all uses of chloroprocaine:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Sneezing.
  • Sweating a lot.
  • Fever.
  • Very nervous and excitable.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Restlessness.
  • Headache.
  • Anxiety.
  • Change in speech.
  • Numbness or tingling in the mouth.
  • Shakiness.
  • Dizziness or passing out.
  • Change in hearing.
  • Ringing in ears.
  • Low mood (depression).
  • Blurred eyesight.
  • Change in balance.
  • Seizures.
  • Fast or slow heartbeat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Very bad irritation where the shot was given.
  • Change in color of skin to blue-black.

Epidural:

  • Not able to control bladder.
  • Not able to control bowels.
  • Change in sex ability.
  • Backache.

What are some other side effects of Chloroprocaine?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Irritation where the shot is given.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Side Effects (complete list)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Chloroprocaine?

  • If you need to store this medicine at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about chloroprocaine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about chloroprocaine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using chloroprocaine.

Review Date: December 6, 2017

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