Ocu-Tropic

Name: Ocu-Tropic

Ocu-Tropic Overview

Tropicamide is a prescription medication used to dilate the pupils of the eye for certain situations such as eye exams or eye surgery. Tropicamide belongs to a group of drugs called anticholinergics, which work by blocking the action of a muscle of the eye. This causes the pupils to grow larger in size.

This medication comes in eye drop solution form. This medication is to be administered by a healthcare professional.

Common side effects of tropicamide include stinging, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how tropicamide affects you.


 

Uses For Ocu-Tropic

Tropicamide is used to dilate (enlarge) the pupil so that the doctor can see into the back of your eye. It is used before eye examinations, such as cycloplegic refraction and examination of the fundus of the eye. Tropicamide may also be used before and after eye surgery.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Before Using Ocu-Tropic

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Infants and young children and children with blond hair or blue eyes may be especially sensitive to the effects of tropicamide. This may increase the chance or severity of some of the side effects during treatment.

Geriatric

Elderly people are especially sensitive to the effects of tropicamide. This may increase the chance of side effects during treatment.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category Explanation
All Trimesters C Animal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.

Breast Feeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Interactions with Medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Bupropion
  • Donepezil
  • Tiotropium

Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Brain damage (in children) or
  • Down's syndrome (mongolism) (in children and adults) or
  • Glaucoma or
  • Spastic paralysis (in children)—Tropicamide may make the condition worse

For the Consumer

Applies to tropicamide ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Along with its needed effects, tropicamide ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Ocu-Tropic) 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 tropicamide ophthalmic:

Symptoms of too much medicine being absorbed into the body
  • Clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • confusion
  • fast heartbeat
  • flushing or redness of face
  • hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
  • increased thirst or dryness of mouth
  • skin rash
  • slurred speech
  • swollen stomach in infants
  • unusual behavior, especially in children
  • unusual drowsiness, tiredness, or weakness

Some side effects of tropicamide 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:

More common
  • Blurred vision
  • headache
  • sensitivity of eyes to light
  • stinging of the eye when the medicine is applied

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