Generic Name: Tetracaine (Ophthalmic) (TET ra kane)
Brand Name: Altacaine, Tetcaine, TetraVisc, TetraVisc Forte
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 8, 2020.
Uses of TetraVisc:
- It is used to numb the eye.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take TetraVisc?
- If you have an allergy to tetracaine or any other part of TetraVisc (tetracaine (ophthalmic)).
- If you are allergic to TetraVisc (tetracaine (ophthalmic)); any part of TetraVisc (tetracaine (ophthalmic)); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take TetraVisc (tetracaine (ophthalmic)) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take TetraVisc?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take TetraVisc (tetracaine (ophthalmic)). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not touch or rub your eye while it is numb.
- This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If TetraVisc (tetracaine (ophthalmic)) is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using TetraVisc (tetracaine (ophthalmic)) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (TetraVisc) best taken?
Use TetraVisc (tetracaine (ophthalmic)) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- For the eye only.
- Your doctor will give TetraVisc (tetracaine (ophthalmic)).
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- This medicine is given on an as needed basis.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
- Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
What are some other side effects of TetraVisc?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out TetraVisc?
- If you need to store TetraVisc (tetracaine (ophthalmic)) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about TetraVisc (tetracaine (ophthalmic)), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.