Tetracaine Ophthalmic Solution (Eye Drops) Uses & Side Effects

What is tetracaine ophthalmic drops, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Tetracaine is a topical local anesthetic for the
eyes. Tetracaine works by interfering with entry of sodium ions into nerve
cells. This reduces the ability of nerves to generate an impulse and send pain

What brand names are available for tetracaine ophthalmic drops?


Is tetracaine ophthalmic drops available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for tetracaine ophthalmic drops?


What are the side effects of tetracaine ophthalmic drops?

Side effects of tetracaine are:

  • drowsiness,
  • stinging eyes,
  • burning eyes,
  • redness, and
  • hypersensitivity reactions.

What is the dosage for tetracaine ophthalmic drops?

  • For tonometry and other short procedures: Instill 1 to 2 drops in the eye(s)
    just prior to evaluation.
  • For minor surgical procedures, such as foreign body or suture removal:
    Instill 1 to 2 drops in the eye(s) every 5 to 10 minutes for 1 to 3
  • For prolonged anesthesia, such as cataract extraction: Instill 1 to 2 drops
    in the eye(s) every 5 to 10 minutes for 3 to 5 doses.

Which drugs or supplements interact with tetracaine ophthalmic drops?

: No drug interactions are listed for tetracaine eye drops.

Is tetracaine ophthalmic drops safe to take if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies of tetracaine in women to determine
safe and effective use in
pregnant women.

It is not known whether tetracaine enters
breast milk;
therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in women who are nursing.

What else should I know about tetracaine ophthalmic drops?

What preparations of tetracaine ophthalmic drops are available?

Tetracaine is available as 0.5% sterile eye drops in 15 ml

How should I keep tetracaine ophthalmic drops stored?

Tetracaine eye drops are stored between 15 C and 25 C (59 and 77 F),
in tightly closed containers.

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