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Alcaine Side Effects

Generic name: proparacaine ophthalmic

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 4, 2022.

Note: This document contains side effect information about proparacaine ophthalmic. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Alcaine.

Applies to proparacaine ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution.

Serious side effects of Alcaine

Along with its needed effects, proparacaine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Alcaine) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking proparacaine ophthalmic:

Rare

  • Blurred vision
  • redness of the clear part of the eye
  • sensitivity to light
  • severe stinging in the eye
  • tearing
  • throbbing eye pain

Incidence not known

  • Bloody eye
  • burning, stinging, itching, redness, or irritation of the eye
  • change in vision

Other side effects of Alcaine

Some side effects of proparacaine ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known

  • Dry skin with cracking
  • grooves or lines in the skin of the fingertips
  • skin rash, hives, itching, or redness

Other side effects of Alcaine

Some side effects of proparacaine ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.