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Tropicamide ophthalmic Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to tropicamide ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

As well as its needed effects, tropicamide ophthalmic may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Severity: Moderate

If any of the following side effects occur while taking tropicamide ophthalmic, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

Symptoms of too much medicine being absorbed into the body
  • Clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • confusion
  • fast heartbeat
  • flushing or redness of face
  • hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
  • increased thirst or dryness of mouth
  • skin rash
  • slurred speech
  • swollen stomach in infants
  • unusual behavior, especially in children
  • unusual drowsiness, tiredness, or weakness

Severity: Minor

Some tropicamide ophthalmic side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Blurred vision
  • headache
  • sensitivity of eyes to light
  • stinging of the eye when the medicine is applied

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to tropicamide ophthalmic: compounding powder, ophthalmic solution

General

Side effects reported with this drug have included transient stinging, blurred vision, photophobia and superficial punctate keratitis. Some patients have experienced prolonged mydriasis.[Ref]

Ocular

Frequency not reported: Headache, drowsiness, somnolence, fatigue, trouble concentrating, central nervous system disturbances, dysphonia
Postmarketing reports: Dizziness[Ref]

Psychiatric

Frequency not reported: Psychotic reaction, behavioral disturbance[Ref]

Behavioral disturbances or psychotic reactions may be more common in children.[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Headache, drowsiness, somnolence, fatigue, trouble concentrating, central nervous system disturbances, dysphonia
Postmarketing reports: Dizziness[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Transient bradycardia followed by tachycardia with palpitations and arrhythmias have been reported.[Ref]

Frequency not reported: Tachycardia, bradycardia, arrhythmias, palpitations
Postmarketing reports: Hypotension, syncope[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Frequency not reported: Allergic reaction, anaphylaxis[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Frequency not reported: Dry mouth, thirst, dysphagia, nausea, vomiting, constipation[Ref]

Respiratory

Frequency not reported: Rhinitis, reduced bronchial secretions, bronchospasm
Postmarketing reports: Dryness of mucous membranes[Ref]

Genitourinary

Frequency not reported: Urinary retention, difficult micturition[Ref]

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Erythematous rash, pruritus, pallor, flushing, increased sweating, dry skin[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Frequency not reported: Muscle rigidity[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Tropicamide (tropicamide ophthalmic)." Bausch and Lomb, Rochester, NY.

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

It is possible that some side effects of tropicamide ophthalmic may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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