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Marcaine Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is bupivacaine (Marcaine)?
- What are the possible side effects of bupivacaine (Marcaine)?
- What is the most important information I should know about bupivacaine (Marcaine)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving bupivacaine (Marcaine)?
- How is bupivacaine given (Marcaine)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Marcaine)?
- What happens if I overdose (Marcaine)?
- What should I avoid after receiving bupivacaine (Marcaine)?
- What other drugs will affect bupivacaine (Marcaine)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Marcaine)?
Since bupivacaine is given as needed before a surgery or dental procedure, you are not likely to be on a dosing schedule.
What happens if I overdose (Marcaine)?
Tell your caregivers right away if you think you have received too much of this medicine.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, fainting, or slowed breathing.
What should I avoid after receiving bupivacaine (Marcaine)?
This medication can cause numbness over a large portion of your body. Take care to avoid injury before the feeling has returned completely.
After a dental procedure, avoid eating, chewing gum, or drinking a hot beverage until your mouth is no longer numb.
What other drugs will affect bupivacaine (Marcaine)?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- ergot medicine such as ergotamine (Ergomar, Cafergot, Migergot), dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal), ergonovine (Ergotrate), or methylergonovine (Methergine);
- antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), doxepin (Sinequan, Silenor), amoxapine (Asendin), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), doxepin (Sinequan, Silenor), imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), protriptyline (Vivactil), or trimipramine (Surmontil);
- an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate); or
- a phenothiazine such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Permitil, Prolixin), perphenazine (Trilafon), prochlorperazine (Compazine, Compro), promethazine (Pentazine, Phenergan, Anergan, Antinaus), thioridazine (Mellaril), or trifluoperazine (Stelazine).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with bupivacaine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about bupivacaine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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