Epidural anesthesia is commonly administered to women who don’t want to feel any pain during contractions and delivery. The main aim of epidural anesthesia is to relieve pain. An epidural blocks the nerve signals that come from the lower part of the spinal canal, leading to reduced sensation and pain relief in your lower half.
Epidural medicines are local anesthetics that can include chloroprocaine, lidocaine, or bupivacaine. Your doctor may deliver them along with narcotics or opioids such as sufentanil or fentanyl to reduce the amount of local anesthetics.