July 26, 2016


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What other names is Procaine known by?

2-Diethylaminoethyl p-aminobenzoate Monohydrochloride, Chlorhydrate de Procaïne, Gero-Vita, Gerovital, Gerovital-H3, GH-3, KH-3, Procaína, Procaïne, Procaine Hydrochloride.

What is Procaine?

Procaine is a chemical. People use it for medicine. Be careful not to confuse the procaine used by mouth with the prescription procaine given by injection only under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Procaine is taken by mouth or given as a shot for arthritis, "hardening of the arteries" in the brain (cerebral atherosclerosis), dementia, depression, hair loss, high blood pressure, and sexual performance problems.

As a prescription-only injection, procaine is used for local anesthesia.

Effective for...

  • Pain, when used as a prescription shot. Procaine injection is an FDA-approved prescription product used as a local anesthetic.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Arthritis.
  • "Hardening of the arteries" in the brain (cerebral atherosclerosis).
  • Dementia.
  • Depression.
  • Hair loss.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Sexual problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of procaine for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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