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Brand Names: AK-Pentolate, Cyclogyl, Cylate, Ocu-Pentolate

Generic Name: cyclopentolate ophthalmic (Pronunciation: sye kloe PEN toe late)

What is cyclopentolate ophthalmic (AK-Pentolate, Cyclogyl, Cylate, Ocu-Pentolate)?

Cyclopentolate ophthalmic relaxes muscles in your eye to dilate (widen) your pupil.

Cyclopentolate ophthalmic is used to dilate your pupil in preparation for an eye exam.

Cyclopentolate ophthalmic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of cyclopentolate ophthalmic (AK-Pentolate, Cyclogyl, Cylate, Ocu-Pentolate)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your doctor at once if you feel dizzy or have eye pain, blurred vision, or a rapid pulse right after receiving cyclopentolate eye drops.

Call your doctor if you have any of these serious side effects within a day or two after receiving cyclopentolate ophthalmic:

  • blurred vision or light sensitivity that lasts longer than 48 hours after receiving cyclopentolate;
  • fast or uneven heart rate;
  • warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin;
  • severe skin rash;
  • slow or shallow breathing; or
  • hallucinations or unusual behavior (especially in children).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • blurred vision;
  • sensitivity to sunlight;
  • mild stinging or burning in your eye; or
  • swelling of the eyelids.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about cyclopentolate ophthalmic (AK-Pentolate, Cyclogyl, Cylate, Ocu-Pentolate)?

You should not receive this medication if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to cyclopentolate ophthalmic, or if you have angle-closure glaucoma.

Infants and children may be more likely to have side effects from cyclopentolate ophthalmic. Watch for signs of behavior changes in a child who has been treated with this medication.

Tell your doctor at once if you feel dizzy or have eye pain, blurred vision, or a rapid pulse right after receiving cyclopentolate eye drops.

Cyclopentolate ophthalmic may also make your eyes more sensitive to light. Until the effects wear off, protect your eyes from the sun or bright light.

There are many other medicines that can interact with cyclopentolate ophthalmic. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors.



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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