Tropicacyl

Generic Name: Tropicamide

  • What is Tropicacyl?

    Tropicacyl is an eye drop medicine used to produce dilation of the pupil of your eyes or paralysis of an eye muscle used for focusing on objects for diagnostic procedures, such as a refraction test.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Tropicacyl?

    Tropicacyl is for use in your eyes only.

    Tropicacyl can cause central nervous system disturbances, especially in younger children or infants. Psychotic reactions, behavioral disturbances, or heart and lung problems can develop after you use this medication. To minimize Tropicacyl exposure and side effects, apply pressure over the lacrimal (tear) sac for 2-3 minutes.

    Tropicacyl can cause a temporary increase in the pressure in your eye.

    Also, Tropicacyl can cause sensitivity to light. You should protect your eyes in bright light when your pupils are dilated.

  • Who should not take Tropicacyl?

    Your doctor will not administer Tropicacyl to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Tropicacyl?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tropicacyl. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Refraction Test

    Adults: Your doctor will apply 1-2 drops of the 1% solution into the affected eye(s), and repeat in 5 minutes. Your doctor will apply an additional drop if he/she has not seen you within 20-30 minutes.

    Eye Examination

    Adults: Your doctor will apply 1-2 drops of the 0.5% solution into the affected eye(s) 15-20 minutes before examination.

  • How should I take Tropicacyl?

    Your doctor will administer Tropicacyl to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Tropicacyl?

    Do not drive or engage in other hazardous activities while your pupils are dilated.

    Do not wear contact lenses while you are using Tropicacyl.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Tropicacyl?

    If Tropicacyl is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with Tropicacyl: medications that lower the pressure in your eyes (such as carbachol or pilocarpine).

  • What are the possible side effects of Tropicacyl?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, behavioral disturbances, blurred vision, dry mouth, eye inflammation, headache, heart or lung problems, increased pressure in your eye, light sensitivity, muscle rigidity, nausea, paleness of your skin, psychotic reactions, rapid heartbeat, stinging of your eye, vomiting

  • Can I receive Tropicacyl if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Tropicacyl during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Tropicacyl?

    Tropicacyl should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Tropicacyl?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.