Rectacaine Side Effects
Generic name: dibucaine topical
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 5, 2020.
Note: This document contains side effect information about dibucaine topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Rectacaine.
For the Consumer
Applies to dibucaine topical: topical application ointment
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, dibucaine topical (the active ingredient contained in Rectacaine) 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 immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking dibucaine topical:
Incidence not known
- Chest pain
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- tightness in the chest
- unusual warmth or flushing of skin
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of dibucaine topical 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
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]
More about Rectacaine (dibucaine topical)
- During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
- Drug class: topical anesthetics
- Other brands
Related treatment guides
1. "Product Information. Nupercainal (dibucaine topical)." Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals, East Hanover, NJ.
2. "Multum Information Services, Inc. Expert Review Panel"
Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.