Tropicamide

Description

Tropicamide 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 Tropicamide

  • Blurred vision
  • Increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight
  • Burning and stinging of eye
  • Dryness of mouth
  • Headache
  • Increase in heart rate

Uses of Tropicamide

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 15 to 30 minutes of instillation of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 3 to 8 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 absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition. If the medicine is used, monitor the infant closely for any adverse effects.

Allergy

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

Glaucoma

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from 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 absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition. If the medicine is used, monitor the infant closely for any adverse effects.
General warnings

Behavioral disturbances

This medicine may cause behavioral disturbances in some patients. This risk is especially higher in patients suffering from any psychiatric diseases. These patients should be monitored closely for any changes in mood or behavior. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

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.

Driving or operating machines

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.

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

Rivastigmine

Disease interactions

Glaucoma

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from glaucoma due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered based on the clinical condition of the patient.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine should be administered by a qualified healthcare professional. Inform the doctor if you have a known allergy to this medicine. Report to the doctor all your current medicines including herbs and supplements as well as all 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, Anti-muscarinics

Schedule

Schedule H

DailyMed - Tropicamide solution/ drops [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 25 July 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=521592d1-53a1-4314-8b3f-d808f3bccfcd

Minims Tropicamide 0.5% w/v, Eye drops solution - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (eMC) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 25 July 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/1379/smpc

Mydriacyl 1% - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (eMC) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 25 July 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/1610/smpc

[Internet]. Medsafe.govt.nz. 2018 [cited 25 July 2018]. Available from:

http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/Consumers/CMI/m/minimstropicamide.pdf

[Internet]. Pdf.hres.ca. 2018 [cited 25 July 2018]. Available from:

https://pdf.hres.ca/dpd_pm/00032337.PDF

Tropicamide - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 25 July 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00809

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Information on this page was last updated on 6 Aug 2018

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