Cyclopentolate (Into the eye)
Mydriatic-Cycloplegic (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although this use is not included in product labeling, cyclopentolate is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Use this medicine as directed.
Shake the eye drops well just before each use.
Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away. Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.
Your eyes should be dilated within 30 to 60 minutes after you use the medicine.
Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can affect how cyclopentolate works. Tell your doctor if you are also using any medicine for glaucoma or other eye problems.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. You should not use it if you had an allergic reaction to cyclopentolate, or if you have narrow-angle glaucoma.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have digestion problems, heart disease, nerve or muscle problems, or trouble urinating. If this medicine is being given to a child, tell the doctor if the child has Down syndrome, brain damage, or spastic paralysis.
This medicine will make your vision blurry. Your vision should be normal within 6 to 24 hours, but you may have trouble focusing for a few days. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous if you cannot see well.
This medicine will make your eyes sensitive to light. Wear sunglasses when you go outside.
It is best to not feed a baby for 4 hours after the baby receives this medicine.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Dizziness, trouble walking, unsteadiness
Eye burning or watering that does not go away
Unusual behavior, confusion, nervousness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Mild burning feeling in your eyes right after you use the drops
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
AK-Pentolate, Cyclogyl, Cylate, Minims Cyclopentolate 0.5%, Minims Cyclopentolate 1%, Ocu-Pentolate
There may be other brand names for this medicine.