Generic Name:Tetracaine Topical

Viractin skin care cream known as a local anesthetic, which is also called as a numbing medication. It works by blocking nerve signals in your body. With the composition of Tetracaine topical which is for use on the skin is used to reduce pain or uneasiness caused by skin irritations such as sunburn, insect bites, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and minor cuts, scratches, hemorrhoids, and burns. Viractin skin care cream is a pain reliever often prescribed to treat the pain associated with severe pain. Viractin contains Tetracaine, which is an anesthetic, and act as a pain relieving agent. It works by inhibiting the nerve impulses that pass along pain signals to the brain. At high enough doses, Viractin skin care cream can cause complete numbness. However, typically only enough Viractin passes from the cream into the skin to cause pain relief not complete loss of sensation. For households with young children or pets, it is especially important to dispose of used Viractin skin cream in a safe manner, as even the used patches contain enough medication to harm a child or pet.

How to Use Viractin Cream

  • As this medicine comes in various forms of creams, lotions, sprays, solutions, films, and transversal patches, which are generally for use on the skin only.
  • Use Viractin skin care cream as your healthcare provider recommends and it will depend mostly on how large an area requires treatment. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
  • It is also suggested to not bandage or cover the affected area after applying it. It is also recommended that not to use Viractin skin care cream on the swollen area or any open wounds.
  • It is usually applied to the skin once a day. It can be worn for up to 12 hours only in each 24-hour period. Up to three patches can be applied at once.

Cautions before Using Viractin Cream

  • Do not apply Viractin skin cream to broken or inflamed skin, as increased drug absorption may occur such as increasing the risk of serious side effects.
  • People with liver disease have an increased risk for serious side effects with Viractin skin cream, as they do not effectively metabolize Tetracaine(the active ingredient)
  • Avoid contact with the eye, as severe irritation may occur.
  • Keep distance with Viractin skin cream if you are having any kind of allergies on the skin.
  • This medicine is dangerous for pregnant women.

Viractin Cream Side effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Viractin are as follows:

  • An unexplained rash
  • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
  • Swelling, or redness may appear in the skin
  • A slow heart rate or bradycardia
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Confusion or drowsiness
  • Shakiness, twitching, or seizures
  • Severe burning sensation

Reactions and Overdose of Viractin Cream

Taking certain medications in combination with the skin cream may result in negative interactions. For instance, applying this skin cream with certain arrhythmia medications or local anesthetics like lidocaine and benzocaine may cause problems with this skin product.

In case of overdose uneven heartbeats, seizures, nervousness, slow breathing may occur and the patient must seek immediate medical supervision.


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