Topically applied tetracaine, adrenalin, and cocaine in the repair of traumatic wounds of the head and neck

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989 Jan;100(1):78-9. doi: 10.1177/019459988910000113.


TAC is an effective topically applied anesthetic agent for repair of nonmucosal soft tissue injuries of the head and neck. It seems to be well accepted by patients--particularly pediatric patients and their parents. The incidence of toxic reactions and wound infections is low.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Anesthetics / therapeutic use
  • Cocaine / therapeutic use*
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / drug therapy*
  • Epinephrine / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Neck Injuries*
  • Tetracaine / therapeutic use*
  • Wounds and Injuries / drug therapy


  • Anesthetics
  • Tetracaine
  • Cocaine
  • Epinephrine