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Procaine hydrochloride (HCl) is used as a local or regional anesthetic for local infiltration and peripheral nerve block. It is available in 1% and 2% concentrated solutions for injection.
Procaine HCl should be administered as directed by the doctor.
Procaine HCl is the active ingredient. Sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, and hydrochloric acid are the inactive ingredients.
Procaine HCl should not be administered to patients who are allergic to the medication or to any of its ingredients, to medications of a similar chemical makeup, or to para-aminobenzoic acid or its derivatives.
Restlessness, anxiety, dizziness, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, or tremors are some procaine HCl side effects; however, these are not all the side effects that can occur. A doctor should be notified of any bothersome or persistent side effects.
Procaine HCl. Hospira, Inc.; 2007.