Prilocaine and Epinephrine
Generic Name: Prilocaine and Epinephrine (PRIL oh kane & ep i NEF rin)
Brand Name: Citanest Forte Dental
Uses of Prilocaine and Epinephrine:
- It is used before dental care to numb the area.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Prilocaine and Epinephrine?
- If you have an allergy to prilocaine, epinephrine, or any other part of prilocaine and epinephrine.
- 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 methemoglobinemia.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with prilocaine and epinephrine.
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 prilocaine and epinephrine 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 Prilocaine and Epinephrine?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take prilocaine and epinephrine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- If you have a sulfite allergy, talk with your doctor.
- Do not eat while your mouth feels numb. You may bite your tongue.
- If you are 65 or older, use prilocaine and epinephrine with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using prilocaine and epinephrine while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Prilocaine and Epinephrine) best taken?
Use prilocaine and epinephrine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Your doctor will give prilocaine and epinephrine.
- It is given as a shot into the skin.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Many times prilocaine and epinephrine is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
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:
- 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, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Ringing in ears.
- Blurred eyesight.
- Seeing double.
- Low mood (depression).
- Feeling sleepy.
- Fast or slow heartbeat.
- Fast breathing.
- Feeling confused.
- Dizziness or passing out.
- Trouble breathing, slow breathing, or shallow breathing.
- Numbness or tingling in or around the mouth that lasts or gets worse.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
What are some other side effects of Prilocaine and Epinephrine?
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 you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.
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.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
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 Prilocaine and Epinephrine?
- If you need to store prilocaine and epinephrine 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.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about prilocaine and epinephrine, 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.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take prilocaine and epinephrine 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 prilocaine and epinephrine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to prilocaine and epinephrine. 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 prilocaine and epinephrine.
Review Date: February 7, 2018