Epinephrine (or adrenaline) is used along with local anesthetics because it increases the duration of effectiveness, decreases blood loss, and reduces the systemic toxicity of anesthetic drugs by localizing them. Epinephrine can cause systemic problems for some individuals.
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If you have ever had a reaction to local anesthetics, it was probably due to an inadvertent injection of the drug into your bloodstream. This often causes a significant physical and psychological response that is unpleasant and may even be life threatening. Although rare, the epinephrine can bring on adverse vascular and heart problems.
A recent study showed the use of clonidine as a substitute vasoconstrictor used along with local anesthetic drugs. It apparently provides the same benefits, has a better safety profile, and therefore would be better overall.
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I look forward to seeing this and other new drugs coming on the market which help us to take better care of our patients. We serve patients by keeping ahead of the latest trends in oral surgery and anesthesia. Dr. Wagner and the entire staff, working out of our conveniently located office, are proud to serve patients from Racine, Milwaukee, and the entire Milwaukee metro area.
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J Oral Maxillofac Surg 70:257-262, 2012
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