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All about: Opticaine Solution

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Generic Name: Tetracaine Ophthalmic Solution (TET-ra-kane)
Brand Name: Examples include Altacaine and Opticaine

Opticaine Solution is used for:

Numbing the eye during certain procedures.

Opticaine Solution is an anesthetic. It works by blocking nerve impulses, which results in loss of feeling.

Do NOT use Opticaine Solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Opticaine Solution

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Opticaine Solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with Opticaine Solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Opticaine Solution. Because little, if any, of Opticaine Solution is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Opticaine Solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Opticaine Solution:

Use Opticaine Solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Opticaine Solution is administered at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions that you may have about Opticaine Solution.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Do not touch or rub the eye until the effect of the medicine has worn off. Your doctor may instruct you to wear an eye patch to prevent you or anything else from touching your eye.
  • If you miss a dose of Opticaine Solution, check with your doctor.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Opticaine Solution.

Important safety information:

  • Opticaine Solution may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken Opticaine Solution by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Opticaine Solution, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Opticaine Solution during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Opticaine Solution, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

When used for long periods of time or at high doses, Opticaine Solution may not work as well and may require higher doses to obtain the same effect as when originally taken. This is known as TOLERANCE. Talk with your doctor if Opticaine Solution stops working well. Do not take more than prescribed.

Possible side effects of Opticaine Solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Temporary burning, stinging, or redness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Opticaine Solution:

Store Opticaine Solution at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, light, and moisture. Keep Opticaine Solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Opticaine Solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Opticaine Solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Opticaine Solution. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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