Tetracaine (Into the eye)
Anesthetic, Local (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Tetracaine belongs to the group of medicines called local anesthetics. It works by blocking the pain signals at the nerve endings in the eye.
This medicine is to be administered only by or under the direct supervision of an eye doctor.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. This medicine is given as a drop into your eye.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
When Not To Use
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to tetracaine or other similar numbing medicine, or to aminobenzoic acid.
Make sure you do not rub your eye, or expose your eye to irritating chemicals or dust particles after you receive this medicine.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Anxiety, dizziness or drowsiness.
Chest pain or trouble breathing.
Lightheadedness or fainting.
Swelling, redness, severe pain or itching of your eyes or eyelids.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Depression (sadness) or agitation.
Mild irritation, burning, or watering of your eyes.
Sensitivity to light.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
Altacaine, Tetcaine, Tetcaine HCl, TetraVisc, TetraVisc Forte
There may be other brand names for this medicine.