1 What is Nupercainal?

Brand: Nupercainal

Generic: Dibucaine

Nupercainal is a topical local anesthetic used for the relief of pain and itching caused by conditions such as sunburn or other minor burns, insect bites or stings, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, minor cuts, or scratches.

This drug numbs the nerve endings in the skin. This drug does not cause unconsciousness as general anesthetics do when used for surgery. This drug is available without a prescription.

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2 What to Know Before Using

If you are about to start Nupercainal, speak with your doctor about what you need to know. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. Studies in children regarding the relationship of age to the effects of dibucaine have not been performed.

However, pediatric-specific problems that would limit the utility of this medication in children are not expected. Data on the relationship of age to the effects of dibucaine in geriatric patients are still unavailable.

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription drugs. Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects.

Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco. Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as infection at or near the place of application, large sores, broken skin, or severe injury at the area of application.

3 Proper Usage

To use Nupercainal properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. To prevent any side effects, take this drug exactly as directed on the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional. The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients.

The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.

Adults with pain and itching caused by minor skin conditions should apply to the affected area three or four times a day as needed. The largest amount that may be used in a 24-hour period is 30 grams, but much smaller amounts are usually enough.

Children 2 years of age and older must apply to the affected area three or four times a day as needed. Do not use more than 7.5 g in a 24-hour period. Use and dose in children younger than 2 years of age must be determined by your healthcare professional. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible.

However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose. Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children.

Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Nupercainal, there are some precautions you must take. Check with your healthcare professional if your condition does not improve or if it becomes worse within 7 days.

This drug can cause serious side effects, especially in children, if it gets into the mouth and is swallowed.

Stop using this drug and check with your healthcare professional immediately if you have a skin rash, burning, stinging, swelling, or irritation of your skin. Use of cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated skin areas is not recommended.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Nupercainal. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, tightness in the chest, or unusual warmth or flushing of the skin.

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the drug, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.