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Brand Names: Naropin, Naropin Polyamp, Naropin SDV

Generic Name: ropivacaine (Pronunciation: roe PIV a kane)

What is ropivacaine (Naropin, Naropin Polyamp, Naropin SDV)?

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

Ropivacaine is used as a local (in only one area) anesthesia for a spinal block, also called an epidural. The medication is used to provide anesthesia during a surgery or C-section, or to ease labor pains.

Ropivacaine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of ropivacaine (Naropin, Naropin Polyamp, Naropin SDV)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives or red skin rash; dizziness; sneezing; difficulty breathing; nausea or vomiting; sweating; 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;
  • slow heart rate, weak pulse; or
  • fast heart rate, gasping, feeling unusually hot.

Less serious side effects include:

  • nausea, vomiting;
  • headache, back pain;
  • fever;
  • itching;
  • numbness or tingly feeling; or
  • problems with urination or sexual function.

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.

What is the most important information I should know about ropivacaine (Naropin, Naropin Polyamp, Naropin SDV)?

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

Before receiving ropivacaine, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, heart disease, kidney disease, or a heart rhythm disorder.

Tell your caregivers at once if you have a serious side effect such as: confusion, feeling like you might pass out, problems with speech or vision, ringing in your ears, numbness or tingling around your mouth, seizure, weak or shallow breathing, fast or slow heart rate, weak pulse, gasping, or feeling unusually hot.

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

Some numbing medications can have long-lasting or delayed effects. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about this risk. Call your doctor if you have joint pain or stiffness, or weakness in any part of your body that occurs after your surgery, even months later.



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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