What is tetracaine ophthalmic drops, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Tetracaine is a topical local anesthetic for the
eyes. Tetracaine works by interfering with entry of sodium ions into nerve
cells. This reduces the ability of nerves to generate an impulse and send pain
sensations.

What brand names are available for tetracaine ophthalmic drops?

none

Is tetracaine ophthalmic drops available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for tetracaine ophthalmic drops?

Yes

What are the side effects of tetracaine ophthalmic drops?

Side effects of tetracaine are:

  • drowsiness,
  • stinging eyes,
  • burning eyes,
  • redness, and
  • hypersensitivity reactions.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/11/2017

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