Cyclopentolate (SIGH-kloe-PEN-toe-late)Brand Name:
Examples include Ak-Pentolate and Cyclogyl
Cyclopentolate is used for:
Dilating the eye before an exam or surgery and preventing the eye from focusing.
Cyclopentolate is an anticholinergic agent. It works by relaxing the muscle of the eye to cause the pupil to dilate or widen.
Do NOT use Cyclopentolate if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Cyclopentolate
- you have untreated narrow-angle glaucoma
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Cyclopentolate :
Some medical conditions may interact with Cyclopentolate . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have Down syndrome or a nervous system disorder
- if you have trouble urinating or a blockage of your bladder
- if you have open-angle glaucoma or are at risk for developing narrow-angle glaucoma
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Cyclopentolate . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Carbachol, cholinesterase inhibitor (eg, echothiophate iodide) eye drops, or pilocarpine because effectiveness may be decreased by Cyclopentolate
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Cyclopentolate may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Cyclopentolate :
Use Cyclopentolate as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Cyclopentolate is for use in the eye only. Avoid contact with the mouth or other mucous membranes.
- To use Cyclopentolate , first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including your eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
- If you are using Cyclopentolate in a child's eyes, do not get any medicine in the child's mouth. Wash the child's hands and your own after using to remove any medicine that may be on them.
- If you miss a dose of Cyclopentolate , use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Cyclopentolate .
Important safety information:
- Cyclopentolate may cause blurred vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Cyclopentolate . Using Cyclopentolate alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
- Cyclopentolate may be harmful if swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken Cyclopentolate by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
- Cyclopentolate may cause your eyes to become very sensitive to sunlight or bright light. Wearing sunglasses may help.
- Use Cyclopentolate with extreme caution in CHILDREN because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially behavioral changes.
- INFANTS may experience feeding intolerance after use of Cyclopentolate . Do not feed an infant until 4 hours after an infant's eye exam.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Cyclopentolate , discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Cyclopentolate during pregnancy. It is unknown if Cyclopentolate is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Cyclopentolate , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Cyclopentolate :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Blurred vision; redness, burning sensation, or irritation to the eye; sensitivity to sunlight.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in behavior (especially in children), including clumsiness, confusion, difficulty walking, disorientation, hallucinations, hyperactivity, restlessness, seizures, or slurred speech.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include behavioral disturbances; decreased urinary or digestive activity; dry mouth, nose, or throat; fast heartbeat; fever; flushing or redness of the skin; high blood pressure; increased fluid pressure within the eye; lack of sweating.Proper storage of Cyclopentolate :
Store Cyclopentolate between 46 and 80 degrees F (8 and 27 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Cyclopentolate out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Cyclopentolate , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Cyclopentolate is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Cyclopentolate . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.