Amethocaine is a local anaesthetic.

Pronunciation: ameth-o-caine

What are amethocaine’s uses?

Amethocaine is an anaesthetic and is also known as tetracaine. It works by blocking nerve impulses, which results in loss of feeling.

Amethocaine gel and cream are used for topical anaesthesia for small medical procedures.

What dosage should you take?

Your doctor or Clicks pharmacist will tell you how much cream or gel to apply that is relevant to you and your condition.

What special precautions should you take?

  • If used in your mouth or throat, do not try to eat or drink anything until feeling has returned to normal.
  • Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on treated areas.
  • Stop using immediately if you have a skin rash, burning, stinging, swelling, or irritation of your skin.
  • When used for long periods of time or at high doses, amethocaine drops may not work as well. Consult with your doctor or Clicks pharmacist if amethocaine drops stop working well. Do not take more than prescribed.

Amethocaine should be used with caution if you suffer from the following conditions:

  • If you have an allergy to any ingredient in amethocaine drops, medicines, foods, or other substances
  • If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you’re having medical tests to examine your breasts or other medical procedures

What drug interactions could you experience?

To avoid adverse drug interactions, always inform your doctor or Clicks pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or planning to take.

What are amethocaine’s side effects?

Side effects could include:

  • Depression (sadness) or agitation
  • Mild irritation, burning, or watering of your eyes
  • Sensitivity to light

Heart disease may cause the side effects to become worse.

This is not a complete list of side effects. It’s essential that you call your doctor should you notice any severe or odd side effects.

What are the overdose symptoms?

Call a doctor or the ambulance immediately if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Anxiety, dizziness or drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Chest pain or trouble breathing
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Nausea
  • Seizures or tremors
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Swelling, redness, severe pain or itching of your eyes or eyelids
The accuracy of this information was checked and approved by Clicks' pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman in April 2015