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Procaine is a chemical. People use it for medicine. Be careful not to confuse the procaine used by mouth with the prescription procaine given by injection only under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
Procaine is taken by mouth or given as a shot for arthritis, “hardening of the arteries” in the brain (cerebral atherosclerosis), dementia, depression, hair loss, high blood pressure, and sexual performance problems.
As a prescription-only injection, procaine is used for local anesthesia.
It is not known whether procaine is safe when taken by mouth. It can cause some side effects including heartburn, migraines, and a serious condition called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE causes a variety of symptoms including joint pain, rashes, lung problems, and many other symptoms.
Procaine is safe when the prescription-only product is given as a shot by a healthcare professional as a local anesthetic.
Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to use procaine for self-medication if you are pregnant. If you are breast-feeding, it is also best to avoid using procaine. Not enough is known about how it might affect the nursing infant.
Myasthenia gravis, a progressive disease that weakens the muscles: If you have myasthenia gravis, you should not be given procaine intravenously (by IV).
Pseudocholinesterase deficiency, an inherited disorder: People with this disorder are sensitive to certain anesthetic drugs. If you have this disorder, you should not be given procaine by injection.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE): Procaine might make this condition worse. Don’t use procaine if you have SLE.