Medications and Drugs
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:
Less serious 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 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.
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.
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