Pain Killer Drug Pharmaceutical Tetracaine HCl / Tetracaine Hydrochloride
Minims tetracaine hydrochloride
Minims tetracaine are single dose unit eye drops that contain the active ingredient tetracaine hydrochloride. Tetracaine is a type of medicine called a local anaesthetic.
How do Minims tetracaine work?
Minims tetracaine are single dose unit eye drops that contain the active ingredient tetracaine hydrochloride. Tetracaine is a type of medicine called a local anaesthetic. It works by temporarily blocking pain messages that are sent along the nerves connecting the eyes to the brain. This numbs the eye so that potentially painful procedures can be carried out.
For example, the drops may be used before minor surgical procedures, such as the removal of corneal sutures. The drops are put in first and the tetracaine numbs the eye to stop you feeling anything.
How are the drops used?
The doctor or eye specialist will put the drops in your eye(s) for you. You may be asked to press on your tear duct while the drops are put in and for a few minutes after. This is to minimise the amount of medicine that is absorbed into your bloodstream. The tear duct is at the corner of the eye closest to your nose. It is particularly important to do this if the drops are being used in children or elderly people.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is applied to the eye. It is applied only by a health-care professional in a hospital, clinic, or doctor's office.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
skin rash, itching (hives)
sensitivity to light
swelling of the eye or eyelid
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
burning, stinging, redness, or irritation in the eye
watering of the eyes
What may interact with this medicine?
Interactions are not expected.
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.