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Does Suboxone interfere with Novocain?

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By Brittany Hoffmann-Eubanks, PharmD, MBA • Updated Sep 17, 2023

No, it is safe to take Suboxone and have a dental procedure using Novocain. 

What is Novocain? 

Procaine (Novocain) is a local anesthetic that is used frequently during dental procedures. Novocain is injected into a specific area of the body by an experienced and licensed provider to block specific nerves in your body from sending pain signals to the brain. 

People who receive Novocain experience numbness, lack of muscle movement, and an inability to sense temperature changes and pain in the affected area. 

It is commonly used for minor medical or dental procedures such as: 

  • Cataract removal
  • Skin biopsies 
  • Tooth fillings 
  • Tooth extractions 

Are there any risks associated with using Novocain? 

Novocain is generally considered a safe medication when administered by a licensed professional (e.g., your doctor or dentist). Novocain works quickly, usually within 10 minutes of administration, and has a short duration of action, generally 30 to 60 minutes. 

For certain procedures that require a longer effect, your provider may also give epinephrine simultaneously with the Novocain increasing the time the anesthetic works to about 90 minutes. 

Since it is possible to receive too much Novocain, it should never be administered by an individual who is not licensed and trained to give it. 

Until the numbness from the Novocain wears off completely, it is important to exercise caution with hot or cold temperatures, eating and drinking food, and any other instructions your provider gives you. 

By Brittany Hoffmann-Eubanks, PharmD, MBA

Brittany Hoffmann-Eubanks, PharmD, MBA, received her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration degrees from Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed her community pharmacy residency with Midwestern University and a ... Read More

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