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    Local Blocks

    All local anesthetic-type drugs, such as Novacaine used by dentists.

    Type When/How Given Advantages Possible Side Effects/Disadvantages

    Local

    Medication is injected into the perineum/skin immediately before or after the delivery.

    Local numbness for performing episiotomy and suturing episiotomy or laceration.

    Allergic reaction (rare).

    Short acting.