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Spectro-Pentolate Opht



This medication is used before eye examinations (e.g., refraction exams). It belongs to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics. Cyclopentolate works by temporarily widening (dilating) the pupil of the eye and relaxing the muscles of the eye.

 
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Spectro-Pentolate Opht

Uses
This medication is used before eye examinations (e.g., refraction exams). It belongs to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics. Cyclopentolate works by temporarily widening (dilating) the pupil of the eye and relaxing the muscles of the eye.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.

Storage
  • Store between 46-80 degrees F (8-27 degrees C) away from heat and light.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: flushed/dry skin, blurred vision, fast/irregular heartbeat, fever, mental/mood changes (e.g., hallucinations), loss of coordination.

How To Use
  • This medication is usually applied in the eye 40 to 50 minutes before the procedure or as directed by your doctor.
  • The dose may need to be repeated in 5 to 10 minutes.
  • This medication is for use in the eye only.
  • Do not take by mouth or inject.To apply eye drops, wash your hands first.
  • To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.
  • If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before using eye drops.
  • Ask your doctor when you can start wearing them again.
  • If you are using another kind of eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments), ask your doctor when you should start using them again.Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch.
  • Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place 1 drop into the pouch.
  • Look downward and gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Place one finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose) and apply gentle pressure for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye and reduce side effects.
  • Try not to blink and do not rub your eye.
  • Repeat these steps if your dose is for more than 1 drop or for your other eye if so directed.Do not rinse the dropper.
  • Replace cap after use.If you are using this medicine in a child's eye(s), do not get any medicine in the child's mouth.
  • Wash your hands and your child's hands after use to remove any medicine from them.This medication may temporarily change digestion in infants.
  • Do not feed an infant for 4 hours after the infant's eye exam.This medication starts to work in minutes, and its effect usually lasts 24 hours or sometimes longer.
  • Tell your doctor if you continue to have blurred vision, sensitivity to light, or dilated pupils several days after your exam.

Side Effects
  • Burning/stinging/redness of the eye, eye irritation, or temporary blurred vision may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: dizziness, fainting, new or increased eye pressure/pain/swelling/discharge.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: slow/shallow breathing, fast/irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, hallucinations, restlessness, strange behavior), seizures.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using cyclopentolate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to belladonna alkaloids (e.g., atropine); or to preservatives (e.g., benzalkonium chloride); or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: glaucoma.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: other eye conditions, Down's syndrome, brain damage or spastic paralysis (in children), heart disease.After you apply this drug, your vision may become temporarily blurred.
  • Use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing any other activity that requires clear vision.This medication may make your eyes more sensitive to light.
  • Protect your eyes in bright light.
  • Use dark sunglasses when outdoors.Caution is advised when using this drug in infants or small children because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially mental/mood changes.
  • If using this medication in an infant, watch the infant closely for 30 minutes after the medication is applied.Caution is advised when this drug is used in the elderly since this group may be more sensitive to side effects of this drug, especially increased pressure in the eye.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • Not applicable.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: eye medications for glaucoma/increased pressure in the eye (e.g., carbachol, dorzolamide, pilocarpine), certain antiarrhythmic drugs (e.g., quinidine, procainamide), antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine, meclizine), antispasmodics (e.g., dicyclomine), certain drugs for Parkinson's disease (e.g., anticholinergics such as benztropine, trihexyphenidyl), MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine), tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline).

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