What should I know about tetracaine before taking it?

Before taking tetracaine, you should be aware of some of the risks associated with this medication. You should not use any form of tetracaine if you're allergic to it or any of its ingredients or have PABA (the sunscreen) sensitivity. Other medical conditions may also interact with tetracaine. Tell your doctor if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have heart or liver problems. If you're using the topical form of tetracaine, tell your doctor if you have any kind of skin infection, sores, injury or broken skin.

Although it's unlikely, certain medications may also interact with tetracaine. If taken along with antiarrhythmics (eg, tocainide, mexiletine), this can cause a toxic amount of these similar drugs. Tell your doctor about any medications and supplements you're taking before starting tetracaine. It is applied by a healthcare professional in a hospital or clinic setting. However, if you're having topical tetracaine applied to your skin, be sure not to get any of the medication in your eyes, nose or mouth. To reduce the risks of this happening, don't touch your skin after tetracaine has been applied. If you're using tetracaine eye drops, don't touch or rub your eyes until the medication has worn off.

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