Used to numb certain areas of the body before tests or procedures. This medicine is a topical anesthetic.
Pontocaine, Pontocaine HCl
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to tetracaine, or certain other types of numbing medicine. You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to aminobenzoic acid.
How to Use This Medicine
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Tell your doctor about all other medical problems you have before receiving this medicine.
- If this medicine is used in your mouth or throat, do not try to eat or drink anything until feeling has returned to normal.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Blurred vision.
- Lightheadedness or fainting.
- Slow heart beat.
- Seizure or tremors.
- Shortness of breath, chest pain, cold sweat, or bluish-colored skin.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Anxiety, dizziness, or drowsiness.
- Mild skin rash or itching.
- Mild nausea or vomiting.
- Ringing in your ears.