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tropicamide ophthalmic (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using tropicamide ophthalmic (Mydriacyl, Ocu-Tropic, Tropicacyl)?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to tropicamide ophthalmic, or if you have untreated glaucoma.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Tropicamide ophthalmic can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use tropicamide ophthalmic (Mydriacyl, Ocu-Tropic, Tropicacyl)?

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.

Tropicamide ophthalmic is most often used only in a doctor's office during an eye examination. Instructions are provided below for giving yourself the medication if your doctor has prescribed it for home use.

Wash your hands before using the eye drops.

If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying tropicamide ophthalmic. Ask your doctor if contact lenses can be reinserted after putting in the eye drops. Tropicamide ophthalmic may contain a preservative (benzalkonium chloride) that may cause discoloration of contact lenses.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid. Hold the dropper above the eye with the dropper tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye. Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct. If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
  • Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it.

Store the drops at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

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