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Brand Names: Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl

Generic Name: tetracaine (injection) (Pronunciation: TET ra kane)

What is tetracaine (Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl)?

Tetracaine is a local anesthetic (numbing medication). It works by blocking nerve signals in your body.

Tetracaine injection is given as an epidural injection into the spinal column to produce numbness during labor, surgery, or certain medical procedures.

Tetracaine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of tetracaine (Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your caregiver right away if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • tremors, severe drowsiness;
  • weak or shallow breathing;
  • severe headache, neck stiffness, increased sensitivity to light; or
  • numbness, tingling, burning pain, or severe shooting pains anywhere in your body.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • feeling nervous or excited;
  • dizziness, drowsiness;
  • chills;
  • headache;
  • blurred vision;
  • nausea, vomiting; or
  • ringing in your ears.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about tetracaine (Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl)?

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to tetracaine injection or any other type of numbing medicine.

Before you receive tetracaine, tell your doctor if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, a heart rhythm disorder, any type of infection, hereditary angioedema or a history of allergic reactions, or a disease or medical condition that affects your brain or spinal cord.

Your breathing, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and other vital signs will be watched closely while you are receiving tetracaine injection.



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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Pill Identifier Tool

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Use the pill finder tool on RxList.



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