Chemical Name: PROPARACAINE (proe-PAR-a-kane)
Proparacaine is a local anesthetic used to prevent pain during eye exams or eye surgery.
INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicines that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Follow the directions for using Proparacaine provided by your doctor. Proparacaine is usually administered at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about Proparacaine.
STORE Proparacaine in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze.
DO NOT RUB OR WIPE your eye until loss of feeling has worn off. If you touch your eye and you get Proparacaine on your finger, wash your hands promptly.
KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are using Proparacaine.
FOR WOMEN: if you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Proparacaine during pregnancy. It is unknown if Proparacaine is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Proparacaine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include burning, stinging, redness, or other mild eye irritation. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor.
CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience severe watering, itching, pain, redness, or swelling of eye or eyelid. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include drowsiness, trouble breathing or shortness of breath, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, nervousness, restlessness, irregular heartbeat, and unusual tiredness or weakness.
KEEP Proparacaine out of the reach of children.