GENERIC NAME: ROPIVACAINE - INJECTION (row-PIV-uh-cane)
BRAND NAME(S): Naropin
HOW TO USE: This medicine is given by a spinal injection (epidural), or by injection into the affected area as directed by your doctor. Dosage is adjusted based on your condition and response to therapy. This drug product should be checked visually for particles or discoloration before use. If present, do not use the liquid. Make sure needles and medical supplies are stored safely and disposed of properly.
SIDE EFFECTS: Dizziness, nausea or vomiting may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Unlikely but report promptly: unusually slow or irregular heartbeat, fever, headache, back or chest pain, continued tingling or numbness. Very unlikely but report promptly: mental/mood changes, change in taste or speaking ability, blurred vision, inability to urinate, muscle spasms. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, including: any allergies, heart disease, liver or kidney disease, severe infection, enzyme deficiencies (plasma cholinesterase). Limit alcohol intake, as it may aggravate certain side effects of this drug. Caution is advised when performing tasks requiring alertness (e.g., driving). Caution is advised when this drug is used in the elderly, as this group may be more sensitive to drug effects. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication. It is not known whether this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: other local anesthetics, theophylline, imipramine, fluvoxamine, verapamil, flecainide, tocainide, mexiletine. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.
MISSED DOSE: Not applicable.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light.
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