Cyclopentolate eye solution
What is cyclopentolate
CYCLOPENTOLATE (Cyclogyl) causes the pupils in your eyes to widen, so they won't respond to light. The solution is normally used for diagnostic procedures. Cyclopentolate generic eye solution is available.
What should I tell my health care
provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have, or have had, any of these conditions:
wear contact lenses
an unusual or allergic reaction to cyclopentolate or other medications, foods, dyes or preservatives
pregnant or trying to become pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Cyclopentolate solution is for use only in the eye(s). Do not take by mouth. If used for 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 1-3 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 topical ophthalmic drug product is being used, the drugs should be administered at least 5 minutes apart. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use more often than prescribed.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them prior to using cyclopentolate. Contact lenses may be reinserted 15 minutes following application of cyclopentolate to the eye.
Feeding intolerance may occur. Infant feedings should be held for 4 hours following administration. Observe infants closely for at least 30 minutes following instillation of cyclopentolate.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medication in children. Special care is needed.
What drug(s) may interact with cyclopentolate?
Cyclopentolate may decrease the effectiveness of the following eye medications:
carbachol (Carbastat, Carboptic, Isopto Carbachol, and Miostat)
cholinesterase inhibitors (physostigmine or Isopto Eserine)
pilocarpine (Isopto Carpine, Pilocar, E-Pilo)
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice
from using cyclopentolate?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
an allergic type reaction (skin rash, itching, hives)
conjunctivitis or "pink eye"
fast or irregular heartbeat
hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not real), especially in children
inflamed, swollen, painful, or infected eyes or eyelids
swollen or bloated stomach (in infants)
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
burning, stinging, itching, or minor discomfort of the eyes or eyelids
increased sensitivity to sunlight
What should I watch for while taking cyclopentolate?
If you wear contact lenses, be sure to remove them before placing drops in the eye. Certain chemicals in the solution can be absorbed by contact lenses.
Watch for drowsiness or dizziness that might interfere with driving or hazardous activities.
Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Report any serious side effects promptly. Stop using cyclopentolate if your eyes become inflamed, painful or have a discharge, and see your prescriber or health care professional immediately.
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 you are using other eye preparations, there should be an interval of at least 5 minutes between the use of cyclopentolate and the other eye preparation.
Wear dark glasses if cyclopentolate makes your eyes more sensitive to light.