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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

    • Proparacaine is commonly used to anesthetize the eye before cataract surgery or any other surgery in the eye.
    • Usually 1-2 drops are sufficient to anesthetize the eye.
    • Effect of Proparacaine lasts for up to half an hour.

    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 09 March, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)