Ocu-Pentolate

Name: Ocu-Pentolate

Proper Use of cyclopentolate

This section provides information on the proper use of a number of products that contain cyclopentolate. It may not be specific to Ocu-Pentolate. Please read with care.

To use:

  • First, wash your hands. Tilt the head back and with the index finger of one hand, press gently on the skin just beneath the lower eyelid and pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to make a space. Drop the medicine into this space. Let go of the eyelid and gently close the eyes. Do not blink. Keep the eyes closed and apply pressure to the inner corner of the eye with your finger for 2 or 3 minutes, to allow the medicine to be absorbed. This is especially important in infants.
  • Immediately after using the eye drops, wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. If you are using the eye drops for an infant or child, be sure to wash the infant's or child's hands also, and do not let any of the medicine get in the infant's or child's mouth.
  • To keep the medicine as germ-free as possible, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface (including the eye). Also, keep the container tightly closed.

Use this medicine only as directed. Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of too much medicine being absorbed into the body and the chance of side effects.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For ophthalmic solution (eye drops) dosage form:
    • For eye examinations:
      • Adults—One drop 40 to 50 minutes before the exam. Dose may be repeated in five to ten minutes.
      • Children—One drop 40 to 50 minutes before the exam. After five to ten minutes, another drop may be used.
      • Babies—One drop of 0.5% solution.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ocu-Pentolate Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

Symptoms of too much medicine being absorbed into the body
  • Clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • confusion
  • constipation, full feeling, passing gas, or stomach cramps or pain
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • fever
  • flushing or redness of face
  • hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
  • passing urine less often
  • skin rash
  • slurred speech
  • swollen stomach (in infants)
  • thirst or dryness of mouth
  • unusual behavior, such as disorientation to time or place, failure to recognize people, hyperactivity, or restlessness, especially in children
  • unusual drowsiness, tiredness, or weakness

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

  • Blurred vision
  • burning of eye
  • eye irritation not present before therapy
  • increased sensitivity of eyes to light

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

For the Consumer

Applies to cyclopentolate ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Along with its needed effects, cyclopentolate ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Ocu-Pentolate) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking cyclopentolate ophthalmic:

Symptoms of too much medicine being absorbed into the body
  • Clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • confusion
  • constipation, full feeling, passing gas, or stomach cramps or pain
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • fever
  • flushing or redness of face
  • hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
  • passing urine less often
  • skin rash
  • slurred speech
  • swollen stomach (in infants)
  • thirst or dryness of mouth
  • unusual behavior, such as disorientation to time or place, failure to recognize people, hyperactivity, or restlessness, especially in children
  • unusual drowsiness, tiredness, or weakness

Some side effects of cyclopentolate ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

  • Blurred vision
  • burning of eye
  • eye irritation not present before therapy
  • increased sensitivity of eyes to light

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to cyclopentolate ophthalmic: compounding powder, ophthalmic solution

Respiratory

Respiratory side effects have included decreased secretion in the pharynx, bronchi, and nasal passages.[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular side effects have included tachycardia and vasodilation.[Ref]

Dermatologic

Dermatological side effects have included skin rash and decreased sweat gland secretion.[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects have included abdominal distention (in infants), diminished gastrointestinal motility, and decreased salivary secretion.[Ref]

General

General side effects have included hyperpyrexia.[Ref]

Genitourinary

Genitourinary side effects have included urinary retention.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included ataxia, incoherent speech, restlessness, and seizures. Unusual drowsiness has also been reported.[Ref]

Ocular

Ocular side effects have included increased intraocular pressure, burning, photophobia, blurred vision, irritation, hyperemia, conjunctivitis, blepharoconjunctivitis, punctate keratitis, and synechiae.[Ref]

Psychiatric

Psychiatric side effects have included hallucinations, hyperactivity, disorientation as to time and place, and failure to recognize people.[Ref]

Some side effects of Ocu-Pentolate may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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