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Flucaine drops

Generic name: fluorescein/proparacaine (FLURE-a-seen/proe-PAR-a-kane)
Brand name: Examples include Flucaine and Fluoracaine

Flucaine drops are used for:

Aiding in certain eye procedures.

Flucaine drops are a combination disclosing agent and local anesthetic. It makes damaged areas of the eye easier to detect. It also works on nerves in the eye to decrease pain.

Do NOT use Flucaine drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Flucaine drops

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

Before using Flucaine drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with Flucaine drops. 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 (including other local anesthetics), foods, or other substances
  • if you have heart problems or thyroid problems

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

Ask your health care provider if Flucaine drops 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 Flucaine drops:

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

  • Flucaine drops are usually used at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Flucaine drops at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • If you miss a dose of Flucaine drops, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Flucaine drops.

Important safety information:

Do not use more than the recommended dose or for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.

  • Flucaine drops will cause the eye to be numb. Do not rub or touch the eye or wear contacts until the numbness goes away.
  • Ask your doctor whether you should use an eye patch after using Flucaine drops.
  • Flucaine drops may cause drying or cracking of the fingertips if you get it on your hands. Be sure to wash your hands after using Flucaine drops.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while using Flucaine drops, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Flucaine drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are use Flucaine drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Flucaine drops:

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 of the eye.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); gray, ground glass-like appearance of the eye; mental or mood changes; pain, irritation, or persistent redness of the eye; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Flucaine drops:

Store Flucaine drops in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Flucaine drops may be stored at room temperature for up to 1 month. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Flucaine drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Flucaine drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Flucaine drops are 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.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Flucaine drops or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Flucaine drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Flucaine drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Flucaine drops.

Issue Date: June 3, 2015

Further information

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