Tetracaine Hcl (Pontocaine)


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This product requires a prescription. There is no compounding without a prescription for "office use" per FDA regulations.

Aka Pontocaine Solution

Available in 2%, 4%, 6% Strengths

Tetracaine hydrochloride is an ester-type anesthetic that was sold under the brand name Pontocaine in a 2% solution for rhinolaryngology. Pontocaine was discontinued in 2010 by its sole manufacturer for both ophthalmology and rhinolaryngology. However Pontocaine 2% for rhinolaryngology can still be obtained from our compounding pharmacy.

Tetracaine is used for surface anesthesia of the nose and throat, and to eliminate laryngeal and esophageal reflexes prior to bronchoscopy, bronchography, esophagoscopy, and more. The anesthetic effect takes about 5 to 10 minutes to occur. The area should be tested to ensure it is numb prior to performing a procedure. Profound anesthesia is possible that can last up to 30 minutes.

Woodland Hills Compounding Pharmacy provides tetracaine solution either alone or in combination with the vasoconstricting agents phenylephrine or oxymetazoline (Afrin). The addition of a vasoconstrictor to the tetracaine solution can both decrease the maximum blood levels of the anesthetic and also prolong the anesthetic effects.

Available Formulations

  • Tetracaine 2% (Pontocaine strength), 4%, and 6%
  • Any of the above strengths with either phenylephrine 1% or oxmetazoline 0.05%

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