Generic Name: bupivacaine (bue-PIV-a-kane)
Brand Name: Examples include Marcaine and Sensorcaine
Marcaine solution is used for:
Numbing (loss of feeling) during dental or surgical procedures, labor, or delivery. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Marcaine solution is a local anesthetic. It works by blocking the generation and conduction of nerve impulses.
Do NOT use Marcaine solution if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Marcaine solution or other similar medicines (eg, amide-type anesthetics, such as lidocaine)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Marcaine solution:
Some medical conditions may interact with Marcaine solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have liver or kidney problems, heart disease, nervous system problems, or blood pressure problems
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Marcaine solution. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Beta-blockers (eg, atenolol) or digoxin because the risk of side effects such as abnormal heartbeat may be increased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Marcaine solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Marcaine solution:
Use Marcaine solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Marcaine solution is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
- If you miss a dose of Marcaine solution, contact your doctor right away.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Marcaine solution.
Important safety information:
- Marcaine solution may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Marcaine solution with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- If you are going home before the numbness wears off, protect the treated area from injury until you regain feeling. If you received Marcaine solution for a dental procedure, do not chew gum or eat until the feeling comes back. Also be careful not to bite your tongue or the inside of your mouth.
- Some of these products contain sulfites. Sulfites may cause an allergic reaction in some patients (eg, asthma patients). If you have ever had an allergic reaction to sulfites, ask your pharmacist if your product has sulfites in it.
- Use Marcaine solution with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Marcaine solution should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Marcaine solution while you are pregnant. Marcaine solution is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using Marcaine solution.
Possible side effects of Marcaine solution:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Mild dizziness or drowsiness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); anxiety; backache; blurred vision; changes in hearing; chest pain; confusion; depression; excitement; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever or chills; headache; inability to control bowels or urine; metallic taste; nausea; persistent numbness; paralysis; restlessness; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness, drowsiness, headache, or light-headedness; shivering; slow, fast, shallow, or difficult breathing; speech problems; tremors; trouble urinating; vomiting.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include seizures; shortness of breath; slow heartbeat.Proper storage of Marcaine solution:
Marcaine solution is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Marcaine solution at home, store Marcaine solution as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Marcaine solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Marcaine solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Marcaine solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Marcaine solution or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 Marcaine solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Marcaine solution. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Marcaine solution.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 this medicine. 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 your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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