Nebulised Bupivicaine

So my consultant has started me on nebulised bupivicaine. For those who don't know, bupi is an aneathetic used in epidurals, nerve blocks etc. Apparently there's very few people in the country on this specific aneasthetic and I'm the only person in Wythenshawe on it according to my doctors.

What I wanted to know, was has anyone else ever had even aneasthetic nebs? Not necessarily the same as mine, but I'm just intrigued to know how people got on. I got told that I shouldn't eat/drink anything for 2 hours after because it would numb my epiglottis. But when I have the neb, the only thing that is even remotely numbed is my tongue slightly. So far I'm not noticing any huge changes to my chest, but cons said it can take a while to work properly.

So has anyone else tried this?

Thanks!

Vicky

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  • HI, I am also on nebulised bupivicaine prescribed by Wythenshawe hospital! Very strange sensation i must agree.Been back after 8 week trial and want me to continue.Not noticed any great difference myself but DR said he could notice a difference! The two hour rule is a nightmare and have had a few near misses myself..... The latest with a packet of hula hoops!

  • Naughty consultant telling me lies!

    It's a very strange drug, and to be honest I've been ignoring the 2 hour rule because I still have full sensation down the back of my throat. I've noticed a difference in my peak flows since I started doing it, and apart from today when the humidity has played havoc with me, I've not been nebbing nearly as much.

    Glad I'm not the only person on it! Out of interest, is your consultant Rob Niven?

  • Oh my word please don't ignore the doctors advice re eating! Just because you can't feel much difference doesn't mean that your throat is working well enough to prevent you aspirating - and the whole point is that people can - and do aspirate silently (without knowing). Aspiration pneumonia can be extremely serious. It's hospitalised me several times.

    I hope the treatment works for you both :)

  • sounds interesting, just wondering how an anaesthetic agent can reduce asthma symptoms??

    Kate

  • Oh my word please don't ignore the doctors advice re eating! Just because you can't feel much difference doesn't mean that your throat is working well enough to prevent you aspirating - and the whole point is that people can - and do aspirate silently (without knowing). Aspiration pneumonia can be extremely serious. It's hospitalised me several times.

    I've started behaving, but the problem I have is with my diabetes. Because of the weather my sugars are all over the show, so I'm struggling to manage the two hours. I'm seeing my consultant next week hopefully so I'm going to speak to him about it. But having spoken to my GP this morning about it, they have said that if I'm hypo/hyper that they rather I did something about it then deal with the lungs after, but from being able to feel the drinks going down my throat etc, they don't think it's causing much of a problem.

    It's just stupidly annoying. But I really do hope this is the answer cause I'm getting very bored of <monthly admissions.

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