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What is Tropicamide used for?

Tropicamide eye drops is used before an eye examination to dilate the eye pupil and relax the muscles in the eye. This makes it easier for the doctor to examine the eyes thoroughly. Tropicamide eye drops may also be used before and after eye surgery. Tropicamide belongs to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics. Tropicamide works by relaxing certain muscles of the eye.

Tropicamide may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Tropicamide?

The dosage of Tropicamide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Wash your hands before applying Tropicamide eye drops. Tilt your head back, pull the lower eyelid to make a pouch and then place 1 or 2 drops of the medicine into this pouch. Apply gentle pressure at the inner corner of the eyes for 2 to 3 minutes so that the medicine is absorbed by the eyes. Wash your hands after using the eye drops.

What if you miss a dose of Tropicamide?

Not applicable.

What if you overdose on Tropicamide?

Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Tropicamide, seek medical attention immediately. Overdose symptoms of Tropicamide may include fast heartbeat, dry mouth, photophobia and unusual drowsiness.

What other drugs could interact with Tropicamide?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Tropicamide.

Tropicamide can interact with the following types of medicines: tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotics, antihistamines, MAO inhibitors, antispasmodics, antiarrhythmics and other anticholinergics.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is used with another drug or with food. Before you use a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Tropicamide, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Tropicamide?

Like other medicines, Tropicamide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Tropicamide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Tropicamide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Tropicamide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Tropicamide can cause side effects such as temporary eye stinging, blurred vision, headache, eye sensitivity to light and dry mouth. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Tropicamide.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before using Tropicamide?

Is it possible for me to use Tropicamide with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Tropicamide?
What are the possible drug interactions of Tropicamide?
How will Tropicamide work in my body?
How should Tropicamide be used?
How to reduce the risk of Tropicamide drug interactions and side effects?


Before using Tropicamide, tell your doctor if you have glaucoma, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, Down's syndrome, spastic paralysis or brain damage (in children).

As Tropicamide eye drops may cause temporary blurred vision, do not drive until you can see clearly. After using the eye drops, your eyes may become more sensitive to light. Use dark sunglasses when you go out.

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Tropicamide is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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