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Tetracaine

Generic Name: tetracaine topical (TET ra kane TOP ik al)
Brand Name: Pontocaine, Dermocaine, Viractin
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Drug Information:
Tetracaine is a local anesthetic (numbing medicine). It works by blocking nerve signals in your body. Tetracaine topical (for use on the skin) is used to reduce pain or discomfort caused by mild skin irritations such as sunburn or minor rash. Tetracaine topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. An overdose of numbing medicine can cause fatal side effects if too much of the medicine is absorbed through your skin and into your blood. Your body may absorb more of tetracaine topical if you use too much, if you apply it over large skin areas, or if you apply heat, bandages, or plastic wrap to treated skin areas. Skin that is cut or irritated may also absorb more topical medication than healthy skin. Learn more

Tetracaine Side Effects

Tetracaine topical Side Effects

Applies to tetracaine topical: topical application solution

Along with its needed effects, tetracaine topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking tetracaine topical:

Incidence not known

  • Blurred vision
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • fainting
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • lightheadedness or fainting
  • no blood pressure or pulse
  • no breathing
  • numbness
  • seizures
  • shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  • shortness of breath
  • slow or irregular heartbeat
  • stopping of heart
  • sweating
  • trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
  • unconsciousness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Some side effects of tetracaine topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known

  • Continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
  • fear or nervousness
  • hearing loss
  • restlessness
  • sleepiness

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

More about tetracaine topical

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  • 2 Reviews
  • Drug class: topical anesthetics
  • FDA Alerts (1)

Consumer resources

  • Tetracaine topical
  • Tetracaine (Topical)

Other brands: Pontocaine

Related treatment guides

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  • Urticaria

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Tetracaine (www.drugs.com/mtm/tetracaine-topical.html).