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Brand Names: Novocain

Generic Name: procaine (Pronunciation: PRO cane)

What is procaine (Novocain)?

Procaine is a local anesthetic. Procaine causes loss of feeling (numbness) of skin and mucous membranes.

Procaine is used as an injection during surgery and other medical and dental procedures.

Procaine may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.

What are the possible side effects of procaine (Novocain)?

Stop using procaine 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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about procaine (Novocain)?

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.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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