Proparacaine (Into the eye)
Numbs your eye during eye surgery or procedure. This is a topical anesthetic.
Alcaine, Ophthetic, Parcaine
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to proparacaine.
How to Use This Medicine
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
- This medicine is not for long-term use.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any preservatives.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blurred vision, burning pain or itching in your eye.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Red, swollen, or watery eyes.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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This page was last updated: September 18, 2013