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Carbachol ocular

Generic Name: carbachol (KAR-ba-kol)
Brand Name: Miostat

Carbachol ocular is used for:

Contracting the pupil during and immediately following surgery. It is also reduces eye pressure in the first 24 hours after cataract surgery.

Carbachol ocular is a cholinergic agent/miotic. The exact way carbachol ocular works is not fully understood. It works by constricting the iris and other parts of the eye, resulting in reduction of eye pressure.

Do NOT use carbachol ocular if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in carbachol ocular
  • you have acute swelling of the iris

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

Before using carbachol ocular:

Some medical conditions may interact with carbachol ocular. 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 heart problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, stomach or intestinal ulcers or spasm, or urinary tract blockage
  • if you have an overactive thyroid or Parkinson disease

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with carbachol ocular. However, no specific interactions with carbachol ocular are known at this time.

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

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

  • Carbachol ocular is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Ask your doctor any questions you may have about carbachol ocular.
  • If carbachol ocular contains particles or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • If you miss a dose of carbachol ocular, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use carbachol ocular.

Important safety information:

  • Carbachol ocular may cause blurred vision. Make sure your vision is clear before driving or performing any task that requires good vision.
  • Carbachol ocular is not recommended for use in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss your doctor the benefits and risks of using carbachol ocular during pregnancy. It is unknown if carbachol ocular is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using carbachol ocular, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of carbachol ocular:

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:

Bladder tightness; change in vision; flushing; headache; indigestion; stomach cramps; stomach upset; sweating; urge to urinate.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blisters on the eye; blurred or decreased vision; cloudy vision; eye or eyelid swelling; eye pain or redness; increased tearing; sensitivity to light.

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. Symptoms may include diarrhea; fainting; increased saliva; increased sweating; irregular heartbeat; nausea; vomiting.

Proper storage of carbachol ocular:

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about carbachol ocular, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Carbachol ocular 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 carbachol ocular 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 carbachol ocular. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to carbachol ocular. 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 carbachol ocular.

Review Date: August 8, 2016

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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