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Possibly: Tetracaine falls into the "ester" class of local anesthetics, and, unlike the "amide" class of such, may cause an allergic reaction, albeit very rare. It is long acting, meaning numbness and inability to move affected area may be quite prolonged (several hours). If given improperly into a vein, it can cause cardiac arrest and/or seizures but this is also rare, if administered properly. ...Read more
Two different meds: If I understood your question correctly, lidocaine (an amide) is also a local anesthetic, yet chemically it is different from tetracaine (an ester). The chance of allergic reaction is higher with ester-type drug (Novocaine, tetracaine). Duration and metabolism is also different. One should consult a doctor with the specific questions regarding safety. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Patches: For newborns it is used for the site on venipuncture (heel) which is painful. Reason is Lidocaine (another good pain med) gets absorbed, tetracaine is only locally affecting the nerve endings in the skin without blood absorption (good for the neonatal, their liver being less functional). Same for the adults. ...Read more
Why: Would you be billing for Tetracaine. Furthermore there are a number of different preparations. ...Read more
BLT Cream: You do not need a prescription to buy this product. It’s usually sold in Walgreens, Savons, CVCs. ...Read more
Local numbing: Medication that you place over an area that hurts. ...Read more
1 strength combination of lidocaine/tetracaine topical cream is available.
Lidocaine 23 %
tetracaine 7 %. ...Read more
Lidocaine: Usually 1 % or 2 % depend on location. ...Read more
Pupil Dilation: Tetracaine does not dilate the pupil. This medication is an ester local anesthetic used to anesthetize the eye. Cycloplegic drugs such as atropine, cyclopentolate, homatropine, scopolamine and tropicamide are used as mydriatic (pupil dilating) agents. The duration of action of these medications can range from 4-24 hours or so depending on the concentration of the drug and the individual patient. ...Read more
Can I use local anesthetics such as lidocaine or tetracaine for my baby before her pcv (synflorix®) vaccination?
No: Tetracaine will only numb the eye. This can potentially obscure an underlying problem. ...Read more
Is it okay to use a topical compound of lidocaine/tetracaine/cyclobenzaprin/ketamine/Gabapentin for back pain when taking an SSRI?
Malpractice: That would be malpractice if they did. Tetracaine lasts about 5 minutes, so what will happen is, you will end up using it about 20 to 30 times a day. If you use tetracaine more than three or four times a day, it will actually melt your cornea and you will require a corneal transplant. The emergency room did the correct thing and it is extremely dangerous to use tetracaine at home because of corneal melts. ...Read more
Further injury: If you numb up your eye with the tetracaine before finding out what's wrong you could further injure your eye ...Read more
Can you give me suggestion: extremely painful corneal eye ulcer- ER wouldn't hand over tetracaine. Why.?
Corneal Ulcer: Corneal Ulcers are very painful but tetracine drops are not the treatment you need to treat the cause of the ulcer, by treating the pain alone you are not going to treat the cause of the ulcer. You need to be seen by an ophthalmologist and he can prescribe a medication that has both components treatment for the underlying cause and for the pain ...Read more
Harder to find: Pontocaine, or chloroprocaine, is an ester based local anesthetic with rapid onset and offset. It is relatively safe but do to its extremely rapid metabolism and ultra-short half life, it is rarely used and therefore can be difficult to find. It is sometimes used in conjunction with a longer acting anesthetic. Found primarily in hospitals. ...Read more
Local Pharmacy: Pontocaine is just a brand name for tetracaine. Tetracaine can be found over the counter in lower concentrations in many anesthetic creams/ointments right off the shelf (walgreens/cvs/grocery store). I would check there first. If you need a higher concentration, then ask your doctor to write you an rx to fill at pharmacy and you may also try going to compounding pharmacy where they can make it. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more