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    Information about Proparacaine

    Proparacaine uses

    Proparacaine is used for local anesthesia.

    How proparacaine works

    Proparacaine works by blocking pain signals from the peripheral nerves to brain which decreases the sensation of pain.

    Common side effects of proparacaine

    Blurred vision, Burning sensation, Central nervous system depression, Conjunctival disorder, Contact dermatitis, Corneal damage, Corneal opacity, Increased sweating, Eye redness, Teary eyes, Stinging sensation, Ulcerative keratitis

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    Expert advice for Proparacaine

    • Wash your hands after using proparacaine drops as it may cause drying or cracking of the fingertips.
    • Do not wear contact lenses while using proparacaine.
    • Protect your eye from injury while it is still numb. Do not touch or rub the eye. Do not use additional eye drops in the eye until your doctor tells you to do so. 
    • Protect your eye from dust particles, sand, or anything that might cause irritation.
    • Proparacaine should be used for the period advised by your doctor. Prolonged use of a topical ocular anesthetic may lead to permanent abnormal changes in eyes with accompanying loss of vision.

    Frequently asked questions for Proparacaine


    Q. Is Proparacaine an amide or ester?
    Proparacaine is an ester
    Q. Does Proparacaine need to be refrigerated?
    Yes, Proparacaine needs to be refrigerated at 2°-8°C (36°- 46°F)
    Q. How long does Proparacaine last?
    With a single drop, the onset of anesthesia usually begins within 30 seconds and persists for 15 to 20 minutes.

    Content on this page was last updated on 13 October, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)