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ALCAINE (proparacaine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution) (Proparacaine Hydrochloride) Ophthalmic Solution is indicated for topical anesthesia in ophthalmic practice. Representative ophthalmic procedures in which the preparation provides good local anesthesia include measurement of intraocular pressure (tonometry), removal of foreign bodies and sutures from the cornea, conjunctival scraping in diagnosis and gonioscopic examination; it is also indicated for use as a topical anesthetic prior to surgical operations such as cataract extraction.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
Deep anesthesia as in cataract extraction:
Instill 1 drop every 5 to 10 minutes for 5 to 7 doses.
Removal of sutures:
Instill 1 or 2 drops 2 or 3 minutes before removal of stitches.
Removal of foreign bodies:
Instill 1 or 2 drops prior to operating.
Instill 1 or 2 drops immediately before measurement.
ALCAINE (proparacaine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution) (Proparacaine Hydrochloride) Ophthalmic Solution. 0.5% is supplied in 15 mL DROP-TAINER® dispensers.
Storage: Store at 2°-8°C. Keep refrigerated. Do not use the solution if darker than a pale yellow.
ALCON CANADA INC. Mississauga, Canada L5N 8C7. FDA Rev date: 12/23/2002
Last reviewed on RxList: 11/26/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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