An anesthetic is a medicine that helps block pain. It may be used with medicine that will help a person relax, become sleepy or forgetful, and/or become unconscious for surgery.
Anesthesia specialists use these medicines and close monitoring to help keep people safe and comfortable during surgery and other medical procedures.
There are three main types:
Some topical anesthetics are over-the-counter medicines. These medicines can be used as home treatment for minor injuries.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||John M. Freedman, MD - Anesthesiology|
|Current as of||September 4, 2013|
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