Information about Bupivacaine

Bupivacaine Uses

Bupivacaine is used for local anesthesia.

How Bupivacaine works

Bupivacaine is a local anesthetic. It works by blocking the transmission of pain signals from the nerves to the brain. This helps to decrease the sensation of pain.

Common side effects of Bupivacaine

Nausea, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Slow heart rate, Dizziness, Vomiting, Sleepiness, Constipation, Headache, Generalized itching, Taste change, Hypoesthesia (decreased sensitivity to stimuli), Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Ringing in ear, Increased C-reactive protein, Fever, Procedural pain, Discomfort when urinating
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Expert advice for Bupivacaine

  • Bupivacaine is given as an injection by the healthcare professional.
  • It may affect your concentration or make you feel sleepy, so avoid driving or using tools or machines until the next day.
  • Consult your doctor immediately if you experience dizziness, lightheadedness, problem with sight or hearing or numbness around lips, tongue and mouth.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions for Bupivacaine


Q. Is Bupivacaine an opioid or narcotic?

No, Bupivacaine is neither an opioid nor a narcotic. Bupivacaine is a medication that belongs to a class of medicines known as local anesthetics. It helps prevent pain which occurs during and after a surgery. The effect of the medicine lasts for over a long period of time, thus aiding in recovery too. Bupivacaine works on your body only in the treated area, unlike opioids that work on the whole body.

Q. How does Bupivacaine work?

Bupivacaine works by numbing that area on your body where a surgery has been performed. Bupivacaine slowly releases a local anesthetic medication into that area, thus providing effective long-lasting pain relief.

Q. Will I need other medicines other than Bupivacaine for pain relief?

Yes, your doctor may prescribe some other pain relieving medicines alongwith Bupivacaine for effective pain management. Due to this, you will need lower doses of the different medicines you are taking. Additionally, this will also reduce the chances of developing side effects of a particular medicine because of the lower doses.

Q. Is Ropivacaine safer than Bupivacaine?

Ropivacaine is a left isomer of Bupivacaine. Yes, Ropivacaine is comparatively safer than Bupivacaine. There are less toxic effects of ropivacaine on the heart and central nervous system as compared to Bupivacaine. Hence, it is considered as a safer option.

Q. What are the early symptoms of local anesthesia toxicity?

Our nervous system is more sensitive to the effects of local anesthetics than any other system of the human body. In case of local anesthesia toxicity one may experience tinnitus (ringing sound in the ears), blurred vision, dizziness, tongue paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation) and circumoral numbness (numbness around the eyes). Consult your doctor if the symptoms bothers you.


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