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All about: Naropin

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Generic Name: Ropivacaine (roe-PI-va-kane)
Brand Name: Naropin

Naropin is used for:

Causing loss of feeling during surgical procedures, labor, and delivery, or for short-term pain management. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Naropin is a local anesthetic. It works by blocking nerve impulses, which helps to numb the area so you feel less pain.

Do NOT use Naropin if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Naropin

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Naropin :

Some medical conditions may interact with Naropin . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver or heart problems, low blood pressure, or a low volume of blood in your body

Some medical conditions may interact with Naropin . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • Fluvoxamine, ketoconazole, imipramine, or theophylline because the side effects of Naropin may be increased
  • Class III antiarrhythmics (eg, amiodarone) because the risks of abnormal heart rhythms or other heart problems may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Naropin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Naropin :

Use Naropin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Naropin is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using Naropin at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • If Naropin contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Naropin , contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Naropin .

Important safety information:

  • Naropin may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Naropin . Using Naropin alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • You may lose the ability to feel or move the treated area of the body after the injection of this medication.
  • If you are going home before the numbness wears off, protect the treated area from injury until you regain feeling.
  • Use Naropin with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if Naropin can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking Naropin , discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Naropin during pregnancy. It is unknown if Naropin is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Naropin , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Naropin :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Abnormal skin sensations; back pain; chills; difficulty urinating; dizziness; fast heartbeat; fatigue; headache; nausea; numbness; pain; vomiting; weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); anxiety; blurred vision; changes in hearing; delayed progression of labor; drowsiness; excitement; fever; irregular or slow heartbeat; numbness that lasts for more than a few hours; restlessness; severe vomiting; tremors; yellowing of skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include difficulty breathing; seizures.

Proper storage of Naropin :

Naropin is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Naropin at home, store Naropin as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Naropin out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Naropin , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Naropin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Naropin . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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