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What should I know about bupivacaine injections before receiving them?

Bupivacaine injections will be given only by physicians at a hospital or other medical facility, usually prior to a surgical procedure. The injections will be given in your lower back, near your spine, and will cause numbness over a large area of your body. In order to make sure you don't injure yourself, you will need to use caution after your medical procedure and follow your doctor's recommendations until all the numbness has disappeared.

Notify your doctor before receiving this injection if you have syphilis, polio, headaches, chronic back pain, liver disease, a bleeding or clotting disorder, any tumors in your brain or spine, blood pressure problems, arthritis, or a curved spine. There is a risk that this drug with lead to permanent changes in your bowel or bladder control, sexual ability, or sensation in your lower extremities. Discuss these risks with your doctor before taking these injections.

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