Scopolamine drops

Pronunciation

Generic Name: scopolamine (skoe-PAHL-ah-meen)
Brand Name: Isopto Hyoscine

Scopolamine drops is used for:

Temporarily dilating the pupil and paralyzing certain parts of the eye for diagnostic procedures. It may be used before or after surgery to treat certain types of eye inflammation. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Scopolamine drops is an anticholinergic agent. It works by stopping the eye muscles from reacting to certain substances found in the body, which causes the pupil to dilate (widen).

Do NOT use scopolamine drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in scopolamine drops
  • you have glaucoma or you are at risk for glaucoma

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

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Before using scopolamine drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with scopolamine drops. 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 nerve problems or difficulty urinating

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with scopolamine drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Phenothiazines (eg, thioridazine) because their effectiveness may be decreased by scopolamine drops

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

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

  • Scopolamine drops is only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
  • To use scopolamine drops in the eye, 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 eyelid for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry 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 the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • If you miss a dose of scopolamine drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

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

Important safety information:

  • Scopolamine drops may cause drowsiness or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use scopolamine drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Scopolamine drops may make your eyes more sensitive to sunlight. It may help to wear sunglasses.
  • If you have an appointment for an eye examination and your doctor has told you that you will receive scopolamine drops, be sure to make arrangements to have someone drive you home in case your vision is blurry.
  • Scopolamine drops should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using scopolamine drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if scopolamine drops is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using scopolamine drops.

Possible side effects of scopolamine drops:

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, stinging, or redness; drowsiness; dry mouth; inflammation.

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); difficulty urinating; eye pain; eye pus; fever; flushing or dryness of the skin; irregular or rapid heartbeat; visual hallucinations.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Scopolamine drops may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of scopolamine drops:

Store scopolamine drops at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep scopolamine drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about scopolamine drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Scopolamine drops 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.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take scopolamine drops or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about scopolamine drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to scopolamine drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using scopolamine drops.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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