Tropicamide ophthalmic drops (solution)

September 30, 2017

Tropicamide ophthalmic drops (solution)

What is this medicine?

TROPICAMIDE (troe PIK a mide) is used in the eye to widen your pupils, so they won't respond to light. It is normally used for diagnostic procedures.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the eye(s). Do not take by mouth. It is usually administered by a health care professional. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt the head back slightly and pull the lower eyelid down with the index finger to form a pouch. Squeeze a single drop into the pouch and close your eyes. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of your eye for 1 to 3 minutes. If you are using more than one drop, repeat this process with 5 minutes between the drops. Do not touch dropper tip to any surface to prevent contamination.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • hallucination, loss of contact with reality

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • blurred vision

  • burning, stinging, itching, or minor discomfort of the eyes or eyelids

  • dry mouth

  • headache

  • increased sensitivity to sunlight

What may interact with this medicine?

This medicine may interact with the following medications:

  • carbachol

  • medicines for Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease

  • pilocarpine

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply; this medicine is not for regular use.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • glaucoma

  • wear contact lenses

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to tropicamide or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Report any serious side effects right away.

If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor or health care professional when you can use your lenses again.

Be careful not to touch the tip of the dispensing container onto the eye, or any other surface. Serious eye infections can result from contamination of eye solution.

If this medicine makes your eyes more sensitive to light, wear dark glasses

Updated:  

September 30, 2017