Minims Tetracaine (Tetracaine Hydrochloride) is an OTC medication used to numb the eye in order to allow certain procedures to be performed without pain, such as the removal of corneal sutures (stitches), measuring eye pressure, removing foreign objects from the eye, and performing certain eye examinations. Minims Tetracaine belongs to a class of medications called local anesthetics, and is applied topically. Minims Tetracaine works by interfering with the entry of sodium ions into nerve cells reducing the ability of nerves to generate an impulse and send pain sensations. Minims Tetracaine should be administered only by or under the direct supervision of an eye doctor.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Minims Tetracaine from Canada by Bausch & Lomb in the strength of 0.5 %/0.5 ml and 1 %/0.5 ml, 20 Dropperettes per pack. The generic version is currently unavailable.
Common side effects of Minims Tetracaine may include a temporary burning sensation in the eye when the drops are put in, temporary blurred vision, or inflammation or swelling of the front of the eyeball (cornea).
Contact your doctor immediately if you notice more serious side effects such as:
• Signs of too much of this medication being absorbed into the body (dizziness or drowsiness, increased sweating, irregular heartbeat, muscle twitching or trembling, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath or troubled breathing, unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness, or unusual tiredness or weakness)
This is not a complete list of side effects. If you notice any other side effects not listed here, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Tetracaine hydrochloride or any other ingredients in this medication, or if you have had an allergic reaction to other local anesthetics. The safety of this medication for use during pregnancy has not yet been established. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant in order to discuss any possible risks. It is not known if this medication will enter breast milk or if it will harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Minims Tetracaine may interact with several medications, especially sulphonamide medications, such as the antibiotic sulfamethoxazole. Tell your doctor about any medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are currently taking or have recently taken in order to reduce the risk of any possible interactions. This medication may temporarily cause blurred vision. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until your vision has returned to normal. While your eyes are still numb, they should be protected from dust and other irritants that might enter the eye without you noticing. Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes for at least an hour after the exam or procedure. These eye drops are not intended for long term use. Frequent use of local anesthetics in the eye over long periods of time may affect your eyesight. If this medication gets on your fingers or hands, it may cause a rash with dryness and cracking of the skin. If you touch your eye after this medication has been applied, wash your hands as soon as possible. Do not use this medication in children without the advice of a doctor.
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