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Procaine

INFORMATION

Uses

Procaine is used for local anaesthesia (numb tissues in a specific area).

How it works

Procaine works by blocking pain signals from the peripheral nerves to brain which decreases the sensation of pain.

Common side effects

Facial swelling, Allergic reaction, Hives, Shortness of breath, Anxiety, Heart rate irregular, Bradycardia, Chest pain, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Injection site numbness, Injection site pain, Nausea, Restlessness, Throat tightness, Convulsion, Trembling, Vomiting

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Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you have a history of liver problems, bleeding or clotting problems or any heart disease, neuromuscular disorders like myasthenia gravis or other such medical conditions.
  • Take precautions while taking procaine if you have sulphite allergy, as it may cause serious or life threatening allergic reactions and asthmatic episodes in patients who are susceptible.
  • Procaine in large doses is not advisable in patients with heart blocks.
  • Do not use procaine along with anti-hypertensive drugs.
  • Use with caution if you are taking vasoconstrictor drugs or anti-depressants as there may be hypertension or disturbances in cardiac rhythm.

Frequently asked questions

Procaine

Q.Is procaine acidic or basic?
Procaine is an amino ester which is broken down topara aminobenzoic acid by enzymes in the body

Q.Is it an amide or ester?
Procaine is an amino ester which is broken down topara aminobenzoic acid by enzymes in the body

Q.Is it an alkaloid?
Procaine is an amino ester which is broken down to para amino benzoic acid by enzymes in the body

Q.Is procaine safe?
Procaine is safe when it is administered by a doctor at a dose and for a usage prescribed by the doctor

Q.How does procaine prevent pain?
Procaine blocks nerve impulses and thus prevents pain sensation.


Content on this page was last updated on 29 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)