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Note: An increased susceptibility to cyclopentolate and similar drugs (such as atropine) has been reported in infants, young children, children with blond hair or blue eyes, adults and children with Down's syndrome, children with brain damage or spastic paralysis, and the elderly. This susceptibility increases the potential for systemic side effects.
The following side/adverse effects have been selected on the basis of their potential clinical significance (possible signs and symptoms in parentheses where appropriate)—not necessarily inclusive:
Those indicating need for medical attention:
Symptoms of systemic absorption:
Ataxia (clumsiness or unsteadiness)
psychotic reactions (unusual behavior, such as disorientation to time or place, failure to recognize people, hyperactivity, or restlessness, especially in children using 2% cyclopentolate)
diminished gastrointestinal mobility (constipation; full feeling or passing gas; stomach cramps or pain)
fast or irregular heartbeat
increased intraocular pressure
swollen stomach—in infants
thirst or dryness of mouth
tiredness or weakness
urinary retention(passing urine less often)
vasodilation (flushing or redness of face)
Those indicating need for medical attention only if they continue or are bothersome
synechiae(eye irritation not present before therapy)
burning of eye
photophobia(increased sensitivity of eyes to light)
- Cyclopentolate Information for Consumers
- Cyclopentolate Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cyclopentolate (detailed)
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