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Sensorcaine-MPF

Generic Name: bupivacaine (bue PIV a kane)
Brand Name: Marcaine HCl, Marcaine Spinal, Sensorcaine, Sensorcaine-MPF, Sensorcaine-MPF Spinal

Medically reviewed on April 23, 2018

What is Sensorcaine-MPF?

Sensorcaine-MPF is an anesthetic (numbing medicine) that blocks the nerve impulses that send pain signals to your brain.

Sensorcaine-MPF is used as a local (in only one area) anesthetic.

Sensorcaine-MPF is given as an epidural injection into the spinal column to produce numbness during labor, surgery, or certain medical procedures.

Sensorcaine-MPF is also used as an anesthetic for dental procedures.

Sensorcaine-MPF may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any type of numbing medicine.

Some epidural numbing medications can have long-lasting or permanent effects on certain body processes such as sexual function, bowel or bladder control, and movement or feeling in your legs or feet. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk of nerve damage from Sensorcaine-MPF.

Before taking this medicine

Tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any type of numbing medicine.

To make sure Sensorcaine-MPF is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • anemia (lack of red blood cells);

  • kidney or liver disease;

  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder;

  • syphilis, polio, a brain or spinal cord tumor;

  • numbness or tingling;

  • chronic back pain, headache caused by surgery;

  • low or high blood pressure;

  • abnormal curvature of the spine; or

  • arthritis.

It is not known whether Sensorcaine-MPF will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether Sensorcaine-MPF passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How is bupivacaine given?

Sensorcaine-MPF is injected through a needle directly into or near the area to be numbed. You will receive this injection in a dental or hospital setting.

For an epidural, Sensorcaine-MPF is given as an injection through a needle placed into an area of your middle or lower back near your spine.

For a dental procedure, Sensorcaine-MPF is injected directly into the mouth near the tooth or teeth your dentist will be working on.

Your breathing, blood pressure, oxygen levels, or other vital signs will be watched closely while you are receiving Sensorcaine-MPF.

Some epidural numbing medications can have long-lasting or permanent effects on certain body processes such as sexual function, bowel or bladder control, and movement or feeling in your legs or feet. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk of nerve damage from Sensorcaine-MPF.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Sensorcaine-MPF is given as needed before a surgery or dental procedure, you are not likely to be on a dosing schedule.

What happens if I overdose?

Since Sensorcaine-MPF is given in a medical setting, you will be watched closely to make sure you do not receive too much of this medicine. Your caregivers will quickly treat you if you have overdose symptoms.

What should I avoid after receiving Sensorcaine-MPF?

This medicine can cause numbness over a large portion of your body. Take care to avoid injury before the feeling has returned completely.

After a dental procedure, avoid eating, chewing gum, or drinking a hot beverage until your mouth is no longer numb.

Sensorcaine-MPF side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives, red rash, itching; sneezing, difficulty breathing; severe dizziness, vomiting; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your caregivers at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • feeling anxious, restless, confused, or like you might pass out;

  • problems with speech or vision;

  • ringing in the ears, metallic taste, numbness or tingling around your mouth, or tremors;

  • seizure (convulsions);

  • weak or shallow breathing;

  • fast heart rate, gasping, feeling unusually hot;

  • slow heart rate, weak pulse;

  • urinating less than usual or not at all.

Common side effects include:

  • nausea, vomiting;

  • chills or shivering;

  • headache; or

  • back pain.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Sensorcaine-MPF?

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with bupivacaine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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