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Pontocaine HCl Side Effects

Generic name: tetracaine

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 2, 2023.

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

Applies to tetracaine: injection solution.

Serious side effects of Pontocaine HCl

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Dizziness or passing out.
  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Shakiness.
  • Blurred eyesight.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Seizures.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Chills.
  • Small pupils.
  • Ringing in ears.
  • Weakness.
  • Not able to move.
  • Very bad headache.

Other side effects of Pontocaine HCl

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 you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at

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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.