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Altacaine Side Effects

Generic name: tetracaine ophthalmic

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 9, 2023.

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

Applies to tetracaine ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution.

Serious side effects of Altacaine

Along with its needed effects, tetracaine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Altacaine) 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 tetracaine ophthalmic:


  • 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

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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.