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Dental Anesthesia

Too Much Novacaine

01/22/2010

Question:

can too much Novacaine cause diarrhea?

Answer:

Too much lidocaine (dentists no longer use Novacaine) or other local anesthetics will cause central nervous system or heart problems when used in excess. Diarrhea will not occur directly.

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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