tetracaine ophthalmic drops, AK-T-Caine PF, Pontocaine (cont.)

SIDE EFFECTS: This medication is generally very well tolerated. Stinging, tearing, swelling and sensitivity to light occur rarely. Blurred vision or pupil dilation are also unlikely, but possible. If these persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Prolonged use of this medication may cause eye problems (corneal erosions), including slow eye (corneal) healing. Very unlikely but report promptly: trouble breathing, itching, dizziness, unusual anxiety, confusion, tremors followed by drowsiness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: allergies (especially drug allergies), heart or liver disease, high thyroid problems, myasthenia gravis. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. This medication is not recommended for prolonged use. Drowsiness is extremely unlikely with this medication, but caution is advised when performing activities requiring alertness. The medication should not be used if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you use. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, consult your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 46 and 80 degrees F (8-27 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not freeze. Keep container tightly closed.

Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005

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