Generic Name: tropicamide ophthalmic (troe PIK a mide off THAL mik)Brand Names: Mydriacyl, Ocu-Tropic, Tropicacyl
Tropicamide ophthalmic causes muscles in the eye to become relaxed. This dilates (widens) the pupil so that it does not contract (narrow) when your doctor shines an examination light into your eye.Tropicamide ophthalmic is used to dilate the pupil for an eye examination or other diagnostic procedure.
Tropicamide ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about Ocu-Tropic (tropicamide ophthalmic)?Tropicamide ophthalmic may cause blurred vision, or make your eyes very sensitive to light. Be careful if you drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that requires you to see clearly. These effects can last for up to 24 hours. Tropicamide ophthalmic may cause blurred vision, or make your eyes very sensitive to light. Be careful if you drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that requires you to see clearly. These effects can last for up to 24 hours. Protect your eyes if you go outdoors into sunlight after using tropicamide ophthalmic.
Unless your doctor tells you to, avoid using other eye drops or ointment until the effects of tropicamide ophthalmic have worn off.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Ocu-Tropic (tropicamide ophthalmic)?Do not use this medication if you are allergic to tropicamide ophthalmic, or if you have untreated glaucoma. FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Tropicamide ophthalmic can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.Tropicamide ophthalmic is most often used only in a doctor's office during an eye examination. Instructions are provided below for giving yourself the medication if your doctor has prescribed it for home use.
Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying tropicamide ophthalmic. Ask your doctor if contact lenses can be reinserted after putting in the eye drops. Tropicamide ophthalmic may contain a preservative (benzalkonium chloride) that may cause discoloration of contact lenses.
To apply the eye drops:
Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid. Hold the dropper above the eye with the dropper tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye. Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct. If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it.Store the drops at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Since tropicamide ophthalmic is usually given only during an eye exam, it is not likely that you will be on a dosing schedule.
Symptoms of a tropicamide ophthalmic overdose may include headache, fast heartbeat, dry mouth and skin, unusual drowsiness, and warmth or redness under your skin.
Unless your doctor tells you to, avoid using other eye drops or ointment until the effects of tropicamide ophthalmic have worn off.
fast or uneven heart rate;
hallucinations or unusual behavior (especially in children); or
stomach bloating or discomfort.
Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur, such as:
eye sensitivity to sunlight;
stinging and burning; or
swelling of the eyelids.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
There may be other drugs that can affect tropicamide ophthalmic. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.