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  • Side effects Because general anesthetics affect the central nervous system, patients may feel drowsy, weak, or tired for as long as a few days after having general anesthesia. Fuzzy thinking, blurred vision, and coordination problems are also possible. For these reasons, anyone who has had general anesthesia should not drive, operate machinery, or perform other activities that could endanger themselves or others for at least 24 hours, or longer if necessary. Most side effects go away as the anesthetic wears off. Check with a nurse or doctor if these or other side effects continue or cause problems: * Headache * Vision problems, including blurred or double vision * Shivering or trembling * Muscle pain * Dizziness, lightheadedness, or faintness * Drowsiness * Mood or mental changes * Nausea or vomiting * Sore throat * Nightmares or unusual dreams. A doctor should be notified as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur within two weeks of having general anesthesia: * Severe headache * Pain in the stomach or abdomen * Back or leg pain * Severe nausea * Black or bloody vomit * Unusual tiredness or weakness * Weakness in the wrist and fingers * Weight loss or loss of appetite * Increase or decrease in amount of urine * Pale skin * Yellow eyes or skin. Interactions General anesthetics may interact with other medicines. When this happens, the effects of one or both of the drugs may be altered or the risk of side effects may be greater. Anyone who is going to receive a general anesthetic should make sure the doctor knows about all other medicines that he or she is taking. This includes prescription drugs, nonprescription medicines, and street drugs. Serious and possibly life-threatening reactions may occur when general anesthetics are given to people who use street drugs, such as cocaine, marijuana, phencyclidine (PCP or angel dust), amphetamines (uppers), barbiturates (downers), heroin, or other narcotics. Anyone who uses these drugs should make sure their doctor or dentist knows what they have taken.

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