OPHTHETIC® (proparacaine HCl) 0.5% sterile ophthalmic solution is a topical local anesthetic for ophthalmic use.

Chemical Name:

Benzoic acid, 3-amino-4-propoxy-,2-(diethylamino)ethyl ester, monohydrochloride.


Active: proparacaine  0.5%

Preservative: benzalkonium chloride (0.01%)

Inactives: glycerin, sodium chloride and purified water. pH may be adjusted with hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide.

Clinical Pharmacology:    OPHTHETIC® sterile ophthalmic solution is a rapidly-acting topical anesthetic, with induced anesthesia lasting 15 minutes or longer.

and Usage:    OPHTHETIC® sterile ophthalmic solution is indicated for procedures in which a topical ophthalmic anesthetic is indicated: corneal anesthesia of short duration, e.g., tonometry, gonioscopy, removal of corneal foreign bodies, and for short corneal and conjunctival procedures.

Contraindications:    OPHTHETIC® sterile ophthalmic solution should be considered contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients of this preparation.

:    Prolonged use of a topical ocular anesthetic is not recommended. It may produce permanent corneal opacification with accompanying visual loss.


Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility: Long-term studies in animals have not been performed to evaluate carcinogenic potential, mutagenicity, or possible impairment of fertility in males or females.

Pregnancy: Category C:   Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with OPHTHETIC® (proparacaine hydrochloride) ophthalmic solution. It is also not known whether proparacaine hydrochloride can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Proparacaine hydrochloride should be administered to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Nursing Mothers:   It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when proparacaine hydrochloride is administered to a nursing mother.

Pediatric Use:   Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.

Adverse Reactions:   Occasional temporary stinging, burning, and conjunctival redness may occur with the use of proparacaine. A rare, severe, immediate-type, apparently hyperallergic corneal reaction, characterized by acute, intense and diffuse epithelial keratitis, a gray, ground glass appearance, sloughing of large areas of necrotic epithelium, corneal filaments and sometimes, iritis with descemetitis has been reported.

Allergic contact dermatitis from proparacaine with drying and fissuring of the fingertips has also been reported.

Dosage and Administration:

Usual Dosage: Removal of foreign bodies and sutures, and for tonometry: 1 to 2 drops (in single instillations) in each eye before operating.

Deep Ophthalmic Anesthesia: 1 drop in each eye every 5 to 10 minutes for 5-7 doses.

Note: OPHTHETIC® should be clear to straw-color. If the solution becomes darker, discard the solution.

How Supplied:

OPHTHETIC® sterile ophthalmic solution is supplied in plastic dropper bottles in the following size:

15 mL--NDC 11980-048-15

Bottle must be stored in unit carton to protect contents from light. Store bottles under refrigeration at 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F).

Rx only