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Novocain Side Effects

Generic name: procaine

Note: This document contains side effect information about procaine. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Novocain.

Applies to procaine: compounding powder, injectable solution.

Since there will be decreased sensation of the area where procaine is injected, use caution to avoid injury to the area during and following treatment.

Stop using procaine (the active ingredient contained in Novocain) and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following rare but serious side effects:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);

  • chest pain or slow or irregular heartbeats;

  • dizziness or drowsiness;

  • anxiety or restlessness;

  • nausea or vomiting; or

  • trembling, shaking, or seizures (convulsions).

Other less serious side effects such as numbness, tingling, or minor pain at or around the injection site are more likely to occur. Contact your healthcare provider if these effects seem excessive or prolonged.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

Further information

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

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.