Alcaine

Generic Name: Proparacaine

  • What is Alcaine?

    Alcaine is an eye drop medicine used to provide short-term anesthesia for your eye or cornea (the clear tissue over the pupil of the eye) for certain eye procedures that use a special lens to look at your eyes, to measure the pressure inside your eyes (tonometry), to remove corneal foreign bodies, or for short corneal and conjunctival procedures.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Alcaine?

    The use of Alcaine for longer periods of time increases your chance of getting cloudiness in your cornea, with visual loss.

  • Who should not take Alcaine?

    Your doctor will not administer Alcaine to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Alcaine?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Alcaine. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Removal of Corneal Foreign Bodies or Tonometry

    Adults and children: Your doctor will apply 1-2 drops in each eye once before the procedures.

    Short Corneal and Conjunctival Procedures

    Adults and children: Your doctor will apply 1 drop in each eye every 5-10 minutes for 5-7 doses.

  • How should I take Alcaine?

    Your doctor will administer Alcaine to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Alcaine?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Alcaine?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Alcaine at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Alcaine?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, burning or stinging of your eye, drying and cracking of your fingertips, eye redness

  • Can I receive Alcaine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Alcaine during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Alcaine?

    Alcaine should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Alcaine?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.