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ropivacaine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving ropivacaine (Naropin, Naropin Polyamp, Naropin SDV)?

You should not receive ropivacaine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any type of numbing medicine.

Before receiving ropivacaine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • liver disease;
  • heart disease; or
  • kidney disease.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely receive ropivacaine.

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby.

It is not known whether ropivacaine can pass into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How is ropivacaine given (Naropin, Naropin Polyamp, Naropin SDV)?

Ropivacaine is given as an injection through a needle placed into an area of your middle or lower back near your spine. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

Your breathing, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and other vital signs will be watched closely while you are receiving ropivacaine.

Spinal 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 ropivacaine.

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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