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Dental Anesthesia

Novacaine allergy

07/17/2008

Question:

What are the names of other drugs in this family? Am allergic and need to know. Thank you

Answer:

There is no "caine" group, although most all local anesthetics end in "caine". You need to know what drug was associated with your allergic reaction, what the additives were in that mixture, what the reaction was, and other issues of your medical history and current medications. It is very, very rare to have true local anesthetic allergy.

If you are near a dental school, they will often do testing there to determine if you are really allergic. Discuss this with your dentist who can guide you as to how to proceed.

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Response by:

Steven I Ganzberg, SB, DMD, MS Steven I Ganzberg, SB, DMD, MS
Formerly, Clinical Professor of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University