Blocks pain by causing numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Given before, during, or after surgery or childbirth, or at other times when pain needs to be controlled. This medicine is a local anesthetic.
You should not be given this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to ropivacaine, or any other local anesthetics (numbing medicines) of the amide type (such as articaine (Septocaine®) or lidocaine (Xylocaine®)).
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. This medicine may be given to you as one or more shots, or through a special tube left in place near your spinal cord (back bone).
Before being given this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney problems or severe liver disease, or if you have heart problems.
This medicine may make you dizzy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.