Tetracaine eye solution
What is tetracaine eye solution?
TETRACAINE is drug that causes loss of feeling in the skin and surrounding tissues before and during suturing, certain eye examinations, or the removal of foreign bodies from the eye. Generic tetracaine eye ointments or solutions are not available.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to tetracaine, other anesthetics, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What drug(s) may interact with tetracaine eye solution?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines that you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from receiving tetracaine eye solution?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
skin rash, itching (hives)
Very rare or uncommon when applied to the eye:
difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness
slow, irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
swelling of the face or mouth
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
burning, stinging, redness, or irritation in the eye
sensitivity to light
swelling of the eye or eyelid
watering of the eyes
What do I need to watch for after I use tetracaine eye solution?
Do not touch, wipe or rub your eyes after application of tetracaine. You can damage the eye while there is no feeling. The anesthetic effect will last about 20 minutes. Do not try and put contact lenses in your eyes until the anesthetic effects have completely cleared.
Wash your hands if you do get tetracaine on your fingers.
Do not use tetracaine eye ointment or solutions for a longer period of time than recommended by your prescriber. If your condition does not improve within a couple of days, call your prescriber or health care professional.