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Bupivacaine Side Effects

Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Blurred vision

confusion

dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position

fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse

fever

sweating

Less common

Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet

burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings

collection of blood under the skin

decrease in frequency of urination

decrease in urine volume

deep, dark purple bruise

difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)

dry mouth

headache

increased thirst

irregular heartbeat

itching, pain, redness, or swelling

loss of appetite

mood changes

muscle pain, cramp, or twitching

nausea

nervousness

painful urination

pale skin

pounding in the ears

rapid weight gain

seizures

slow or fast heartbeat

tingling of the hands or feet

trouble breathing

trouble breathing with exertion

unusual bleeding or bruising

unusual weight gain or loss

vomiting

Incidence not known

Chest pain or discomfort

loss of consciousness

no blood pressure or pulse

stopping of the heart

weakness of the muscles in your face

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Motor dysfunction

trouble sleeping

Less common

Anxiety

belching

change in taste

constipation

decreased appetite

feeling hot

heartburn

hiccups

indigestion

itching in the genitals or other skin areas

loss of taste

scaling

sensory loss

stomach discomfort, upset, or pain

swelling at the surgical site

Rare

Increased sweating

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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