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Dehydrated Alcohol

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Dehydrated Alcohol

Dehydrated Alcohol Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 1/10/2016

Dehydrated alcohol is used for therapeutic neurolysis of nerves or ganglia for the relief of chronic pain in such conditions as inoperable cancer and trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux), glossopharyngeal neuralgia, angina pectoris and severe claudication due to peripheral vascular insufficiency; epidural or individual motor nerve injections to control cerebral palsy and spastic paraplegia; celiac plexus block to relieve pain of inoperable upper abdominal cancer, and relief of intractable pruritus ani. Dehydrated alcohol is available in generic form. Common side effects of dehydrated alcohol include persistent nerve pain, numbness and tingling. Certain uses of the drug may result in muscle weakness, urine or stool incontinence, or low blood pressure (hypotension).

The dosage of dehydrated alcohol injection for therapeutic nerve or ganglion block varies from as little as 0.05 to 1.0 mL. Dehydrated alcohol may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, dehydrated alcohol should be used only if prescribed. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Dehydrated Alcohol Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

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 Prescribing information?

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Dehydrated Alcohol FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


The most commonly encountered side effects are post-injection neuritis with persistent pain, hyperesthesia and paresthesia. Subarachnoid neurolysis and lumbar sympathetic block may be followed by motor paralysis, bladder or rectal incontinence and impotence. Severe hypotension may follow celiac ganglion injection. Corneal anesthesia, meningitis or cranial nerve palsy may follow injection of the gasserian ganglion.

Drug Abuse And Dependence

None known with this size and manner of presentation.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Dehydrated Alcohol (Dehydrated Alcohol Injection)

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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