Alcaine eye drops 0.5%

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Description

This medication is typically used to numb the eye. Its effects can be felt within a few minutes.

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Instructions

This medication must be administered by a health professional.

This medication is for the eye. To use:

  • wash your hands as well as the skin surrounding the affected eye;
  • shake the container;
  • gently pull down the lower lid of the affected eye;
  • apply 1 drop of the medication;
  • close the eye for 2 to 3 minutes, while gently pressing on the inner corner of the eye.
To avoid contaminating the medication, do not let the tip of the applicator touch your fingers or any part of your eye. Close the container tightly after each use.

Generally, this medication is used only as needed. Important: Follow the instructions on the label. Do not use more of this product, or more often, than prescribed.

Side Effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause redness of the eyes;
  • when used, it may cause a temporary burning sensation.

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage

Keep this product in the refrigerator. Once opened, the product must be used within 30 days. Any unused portion should be discarded.

General Notes

When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:

  • Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
  • If you smoke, are pregnant, are planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding;
  • The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.
It is also strongly recommended that you keep an up-to-date list of all the medications you take and carry it with you at all times. This could be useful if you have to see a health professional or need emergency care.

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