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Generic Name: cyclopentolate

It is used in the eye to widen your pupils, so they won't respond to light
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What is this medicine?

CYCLOPENTOLATE (sye kloe PEN toe late) is used in the eye to widen your pupils, so they won't respond to light. It is normally used for diagnostic procedures.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • Down's Syndrome
  • glaucoma
  • wear contact lenses
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to cyclopentolate or other medications, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to become pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the eye(s). Do not take by mouth. If used for something other than diagnostic procedures, follow the directions on the prescription label. 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. If more than one eye product is being used, the products should be administered at least 5 minutes apart. Use your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use it more often than directed.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medication in children. Special care is needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for the next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • carbachol
  • medicines for Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease
  • pilocarpine

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. Stop using this medicine if your eyes become inflamed, painful or have a discharge, and see your doctor or health care professional right away.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using this medicine. Contact lenses may be put back in 15 minutes after using this medicine.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
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
In infants feeding intolerance may occur. Infant feedings should be held for 4 hours after administration of this medicine. Observe infants closely for at least 30 minutes following the use of this medicine.

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