Rectacaine Side Effects
Generic Name: dibucaine topical
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug dibucaine topical. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Rectacaine.
For the Consumer
Applies to dibucaine topical: topical application cream, topical application ointment
As well as its needed effects, dibucaine topical (the active ingredient contained in Rectacaine) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
Major Side Effects
If any of the following side effects occur while taking dibucaine topical, check with your doctor immediately:Incidence not known:
- Chest pain
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- tightness in the chest
- unusual warmth or flushing of skin
Minor Side Effects
Some dibucaine topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:Incidence not known:
- eye irritation
- skin irritation
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to dibucaine topical: compounding powder, topical cream, topical ointment
General side effects have included methemoglobinemia, irregular heartbeats, seizures, coma, respiratory depression, and death. Children may be at an increased risk for adverse effects, as well as those who apply large amounts of anesthetics (or cover large areas of skin), leave these products on for prolonged periods, or cover with occlusive dressings after application.[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Nupercainal (dibucaine topical)." Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals, East Hanover, NJ.
2. "Multum Information Services, Inc. Expert Review Panel"
It is possible that some side effects of Rectacaine may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
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