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All about: Mydriacyl

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Generic Name: Tropicamide (TROP-ik-ah-mide)
Brand Name: Examples include Mydral and Mydriacyl

Mydriacyl is used for:

Dilating the pupil and paralyzing certain muscles in the eye for diagnostic tests. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Mydriacyl is an anticholinergic. It works by relaxing the muscles of the eye to cause the pupil to dilate or widen (mydriasis).

Do NOT use Mydriacyl if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Mydriacyl
  • you have angle-closure glaucoma

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Mydriacyl :

Some medical conditions may interact with Mydriacyl . 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 glaucoma or you are at risk for glaucoma

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Mydriacyl . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • Carbachol, ophthalmic cholinesterase inhibitors (eg, echothiophate), or pilocarpine because their effectiveness may be decreased by Mydriacyl

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Mydriacyl 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 Mydriacyl :

Use Mydriacyl as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Remove contact lenses before using Mydriacyl .
  • 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 2 or 3 minutes after using the medicine. Do not blink. Keep your eyes closed for 2 or 3 minutes. 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.
  • Use Mydriacyl only in the eye. Do not get this medicine in your mouth or nose.
  • Wash your hands after using Mydriacyl . If the patient is a child, wash the child's hands as well.
  • If you miss a dose of Mydriacyl , contact your doctor for instructions.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Mydriacyl .

Important safety information:

  • Mydriacyl may cause blurred vision or sensitivity to sunlight. Wear sunglasses if you are outside in the bright sunlight. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous unless you can see clearly.
  • If you have an appointment for an eye examination and your doctor has told you that you will receive Mydriacyl , be sure to make arrangements to have someone drive you home in case your vision is blurry.
  • Mydriacyl may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken Mydriacyl by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Pupil dilation usually reverses within 4 to 8 hours after use, but may last as long as 24 hours.
  • Caution is advised when using Mydriacyl in CHILDREN because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially mental or mood changes.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Mydriacyl during pregnancy. It is unknown if Mydriacyl is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Mydriacyl , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Mydriacyl :

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; burning; dry mouth; headache; nausea; sensitivity to sunlight; temporary stinging.

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); behavioral changes, especially in children; eye pain; irregular or rapid heartbeat; mental or mood changes, especially in children; paleness or flushing of the skin; rigid muscles; shortness of breath; vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or 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/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Mydriacyl :

Store this medicine at room temperature, between 46 and 80 degrees F (8 and 27 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not refrigerate. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Mydriacyl out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Mydriacyl , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Mydriacyl 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 Mydriacyl . 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.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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