cyclopentolate and phenylephrine ophthalmic (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving cyclopentolate and phenylephrine ophthalmic (Cyclomydril)?
Do not use this medication if you have taken an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 10 days. Serious, life threatening side effects can occur if you use cyclopentolate and phenylephrine before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.
You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to cyclopentolate or phenylephrine, or if you have narrow-angle glaucoma.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether cyclopentolate and phenylephrine is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether cyclopentolate and phenylephrine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not receive this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Infants and children may be more likely to have side effects from cyclopentolate and phenylephrine ophthalmic. Watch for signs of behavior changes in a child who has been treated with this medication.
How is cyclopentolate and phenylephrine ophthalmic given (Cyclomydril)?
This medication is given as an drop placed into one or both eyes. You will receive this medication in a clinic or hospital setting. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will place the drops in your eye.
After the drops are placed in your eye, gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 2 to 3 minutes to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct. This will help prevent your body from absorbing too much of this medicine. Do not rub your eye.
If your child has being treated with this medication, avoid allowing the child to rub or wipe at the eyes.
Wash your hands after touching your eyes. If any of this medication gets on a child's hands, wash them with soap and water. This will help prevent any medication from accidentally reaching the child's mouth
Children being treated with cyclopentolate and phenylephrine may need to be watched closely for about 30 minutes. This is to make sure the medication does not cause any serious side effects by being absorbed through the tear duct.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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