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Prolonged use of a topical ocular anesthetic may produce permanent corneal opacification and ulceration with accompanying visual loss.

Acute emergencies from local anesthetics are generally related to high plasma levels encountered during therapeutic use of local anesthetics or to unintended subarachnoid injection of local anesthetic solution. However, topical ocular application of Akten™ (lidocaine hydrochloride ophthalmic gel) is not expected to result in systemic exposure.



Last reviewed on RxList: 11/4/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.


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