What are the side effects of bupivacaine injections?

Bupivacaine injections will cause numbness across a large area of your body. You will need to use caution after your surgical procedure to insure you don't injure yourself until the numbness has disappeared. Less serious side effects of bupivacaine injections can include nausea, back pain, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, or changes in sexual function. Usually these less serious side effects do not need a doctor's attention unless they become severe or problematic.

More serious side effects include:

  • symptoms of an allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, hives, or rash
  • changes in heart rate
  • feeling warm or hot
  • restlessness
  • anxiety
  • ear ringing
  • unusual taste in the mouth
  • unusual sensations in the mouth, including numbness or tingling
  • problems speaking
  • shaking of the body or extremities
  • lightheadedness
  • fainting
  • urination problems

You should notify your doctor if you experience any of these serious side effects.

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