tetracaine injection (Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl)

Brand Names: Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl

Generic Name: tetracaine injection

What is tetracaine (Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl)?

Tetracaine is a local anesthetic (numbing medicine). 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 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 light-headed 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.

Common side effects may include:

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 medicine if you are allergic to tetracaine injection or any other type of numbing medicine.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving tetracaine (Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl)?

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

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Unless you are receiving this medicine during labor and delivery, tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

It may not be safe to breast-feed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.

How is tetracaine given (Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl)?

Tetracaine is given as an injection through a needle placed into an area of your middle or lower back near your spine. You will receive this injection in a hospital setting.

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

Spinal numbing medicines can have long-lasting effects on certain body processes such as sexual function, bowel or bladder control, and movement or feeling in your legs or feet. Talk with your doctor about these effects.

What happens if I miss a dose (Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl)?

Since tetracaine is given as needed before a surgery or other medical procedure, you are not likely to be on a dosing schedule.

What happens if I overdose (Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl)?

Since this medicine is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, an overdose is unlikely to occur.

What should I avoid after receiving tetracaine (Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl)?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What other drugs will affect tetracaine (Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl)?

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

  • sulfa drugs (Bactrim, Septra, Sulfatrim, SMX-TMP or SMZ-TMP, and others).

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect tetracaine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Where can I get more information (Niphanoid, Pontocaine HCl)?

Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about tetracaine.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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