WHO Model Prescribing Information: Drugs Used in Anaesthesia
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Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenidoGeneral anaesthetics and oxygen
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Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenidoBlood substitutes
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Group: local anaesthetic agent
Solution (eye drops): 5 mg (hydrochloride)/ml (0.5%)

General information

Tetracaine is a local anaesthetic that penetrates the cornea and conjunctiva. It is effective after topical application to the eye within 30 seconds and anaesthesia persists for at least 15 minutes.

Clinical information


Short-lasting local anaesthesia of the cornea and conjunctiva.

Dosage and administration

One or 2 drops of 0.5% solution should be instilled into the conjunctival sac.


• Known hypersensitivity to tetracaine.
• Ocular inflammation or infection.


The anaesthetized eye should be protected from dust and bacteriological contamination until sensation is fully restored.

Prolonged use has resulted in corneal opacities.

Adverse effects

A localized burning sensation may occur and, more rarely, lacrimation and photophobia.


Tetracaine eye drops should be kept in well-closed containers protected from light, and should not be allowed to freeze.

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