Cyclopentolate

Description

Cyclopentolate is used to dilate the pupil and to temporarily paralyze the lens for an eye examination or other diagnostic procedures. This medicine may also be used before and after an eye surgery where dilation of the pupil is required.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Cyclopentolate

  • Blurred vision
  • Eye irritation
  • Eye pain
  • Swelling of eyelids
  • Drowsiness
  • Increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight

Uses of Cyclopentolate

What is it prescribed for?

  • Mydriasis
  • Cycloplegia
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 25-75 minutes of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 6 to 24 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with known allergy to cyclopentolate or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Narrow-angle glaucoma

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from narrow-angle glaucoma due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Driving or Operating machinery

This medicine is usually administered prior to diagnostic procedures of the eyes. Since you may suffer from symptoms such as blurred vision, drowsiness, sensitivity to light, etc., you are advised to avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery as per your doctor's instructions.

Contamination

Do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface since this may lead to contamination by bacteria. Patients are advised to take all hygienic precautions to ensure that the medicine is not contaminated.

Contact lens

Patients are advised to remove contact lenses prior to the administration of this medicine. The lenses may be reinserted post your examination as per your physician's advice.

Missed Dose

Since this medicine is usually given prior to eye procedures, the likelihood of missing a dose is very low.

Overdose

Since this medicine is administered in the clinic or hospital setting under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of an overdose is very low. However, emergency medical treatment will be initiated by the doctor if an overdose is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Phenylephrine

Donepezil

Physostigmine (Ophthalmic)

Pilocarpine (Ophthalmic)

Carbachol (Ophthalmic)

Galantamine

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine should be administered in the clinical or hospital setting under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional. Inform the doctor if you have a known history of allergy to this medicine. Report to the doctor all your current medicines including any herbs and supplements as well as your medical conditions before receiving this medicine.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine relaxes the eye muscles and dilates the pupil for an eye examination.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Mydriatics

Schedule

Schedule H

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Information on this page was last updated on 23 Aug 2018

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