It's important to note that it's not known whether novocaine is harmful to unborn babies. For this reason, this anesthetic should not be used without thoroughly discussing your particular situation with your doctor. If you could be pregnant, tell your doctor. It's unknown whether novocaine passes through breast milk; if you are nursing, let your doctor know so he or she can determine if this agent is right for you.
Side Effects of Novocain
It's recommended that you stop using novocaine 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; hives)
- Chest pain
- Slow or irregular heartbeats
- Dizziness or drowsiness
- Nausea or vomitting
- Trembling, shaking or seizures (convulsions)
It's more than likely that if you do experience an unwanted side effect, it won't be of a serious nature. However, these less-serious effects are likley to occur than the serious cousins. Numbness, tingling or minor pain at or around the injection site are all common side effects but in most cases, are not life threatening. If side effects other than those listed occur, speak with your doctor as soon as possible. Always make sure, too, that you tell your doctor about any medications you're taking, as certain medications may not mix well with novocaine.
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