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   Altacaine

Altacaine
Tetracaine Ophth


Altacaine is used in the eye as an anesthetic to numb the pain that may occur during eye procedures.

ALTERNATE NAMES

Tetracaine Hcl, Pontocaine, Ak-T-Caine Pf, Opticaine, Tetcaine, Tetracaine
 
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altacaine
Tetracaine Hcl, Pontocaine, Ak-T-Caine Pf, Opticaine, Tetcaine, Tetracaine

Uses
Altacaine is used in the eye as an anesthetic to numb the pain that may occur during eye procedures.


Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 46 and 80 degrees F (8-27 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Keep container tightly closed.


Overdose
  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Altacaine may be harmful if swallowed.

How To Use
  • To apply eye drops, wash hands first.
  • To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.
  • Tilt your head back, gaze upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch.
  • Place dropper directly over eye and administer the prescribed number of drops.
  • Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure.
  • This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye.
  • Try not to blink initially and do not rub the eye.
  • Do not rinse the dropper.
  • Replace cap after use.
  • If you are using another kind of eye drop, wait at least five minutes before applying other medications.
  • Administer eye drops before eye ointments, to allow the eye drops to enter the eye.
  • The usual dosage is 1 or 2 drops in the affected eye before the procedure.

Side Effects
  • Altacaine is generally very well tolerated.
  • Stinging, tearing, swelling and sensitivity to light occur rarely.
  • Blurred vision or pupil dilation are also unlikely, but possible.
  • If these persist or worsen, notify your doctor.
  • Prolonged use of Altacaine may cause eye problems (corneal erosions), including slow eye (corneal) healing.
  • Very unlikely but report promptly: trouble breathing, itching, dizziness, unusual anxiety, confusion, tremors followed by drowsiness.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using Altacaine, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: allergies (especially drug allergies), heart or liver disease, high thyroid problems, myasthenia gravis.
  • Altacaine should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • It is not known whether Altacaine is excreted into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
  • Altacaine is not recommended for prolonged use.
  • Drowsiness is extremely unlikely with Altacaine, but caution is advised when performing activities requiring alertness.
  • The medication should not be used if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, consult your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you use.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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