Name of medication:
SINGLE SHOT EPIDURAL
This medication is used to numb the area around your spine before certain medical procedures (e.g., childbirth, surgery).
How to take:
This medication is given by injection into the space around your spine by a health care professional.
Numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in your legs may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to lidocaine or other local anesthetics (such as bupivacaine, chloroprocaine, etidocaine, mepivacaine, prilocaine, procaine, tetracaine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: bleeding problems, blood disorders (e.g., anemia, low platelets), heart disease (e.g., congestive heart failure), kidney disease, liver disease, nervous system disorders (e.g., seizures), recent spinal surgery/trauma.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.