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Tetracaine Hydrochloride Topical gel

It is used to relieve the pain and itching of minor sunburns, rashes, or other mild skin irritations

Generic Name: tetracaine topical

Brand Names: Viractin, Pontocaine

What is this medicine?

TETRACAINE (TE truh keyn) is an anesthetic. It is used to relieve the pain and itching of minor sunburns, rashes, or other mild skin irritations.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
  • large areas of burned, broken, or damaged skin
  • pseudocholinesterase deficiency
  • skin infection
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to tetracaine, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), other anesthetics, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Apply a thin film to the affected area. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Use exactly as directed. Do not use more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Check with your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not improve within a few days, or if you notice any signs of infection at the site of use.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness
  • nausea, vomiting
  • seizures (convulsions)
  • slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning, stinging, or tenderness not present before use of tetracaine
  • skin redness at site of use

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: September 02, 2009
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