Use: This medication is used as a topical anesthetic to prevent relieve pain and/or reduce the gag reflex.
Side Effects: This preparation may cause local irritation inside the mouth or on the lips. Some people can even experience this on the cheeks. Patients may also experience a feeling of warmth or coolness. This is considered normal and does not indicate an allergic reaction. Side effects that may go away during treatment include skin paleness, loss of feeling, itching, redness, or swelling at the treated site. If the side effects continue or are bothersome, patients should check with their doctor. If the patient notices other effects not listed above, he/she should contact the doctor who prescribed it.
The candy base is not sugar, so it is safe for diabetics in the normal prescribed amounts.
Precautions: Patients should not use this medication if they are hypersensitive to tetracaine or any other anesthetic. This medicine blocks pain and feeling to the skin, therefore, be careful not to injure the treated areas by scratching, rubbing, or coming in contact with extreme cold or heat.
Rarely, people can experience difficulty swallowing when using a tetracaine plooipop. If this happens remove the lollipop from the mouth and set it aside. The difficulty should be relieved in a few minutes. If it persists be sure to contact the doctor who prescribed it.
Directions: This preparation may be used like a “regular” lollipop. It is very hard and difficult to bite. It is best if the lollipop is just allowed to dissolve normally. Tetracaine is not harmful in the normal doses a person would receive from licking/sucking the lollipop. However, swallowing large amounts at one time can cause stomach upset symptoms.
There is no need to physically move the lollipop around to painful areas. The amount dissolved normally in the saliva will find its way to the painful areas.
Storage: Store at room temperature in a dark area, protecting it from excess light. Keep out of reach of children and pets. These lollipops have extra-long sticks in an attempt to distinguish them from the more common candy lollipop.