Generic Name: homatropine (hoe-MA-troe-peen)
Brand Name: Examples include Homatropaire and Isopto Homatropine
Homatropine drops are used for:
Widening (dilating) the pupils for an eye exam or to treat certain inflammatory conditions of the eye. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Homatropine drops are an anticholinergic agent. It works by blocking the chemical acetylcholine, which relaxes the ciliary muscle of the eye and causes the pupil to dilate.
Do NOT use homatropine drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in homatropine drops
- you have glaucoma or are at risk for glaucoma
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using homatropine drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with homatropine 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 numbness due to nerve damage, a blockage of the bladder, prostate problems, or difficulty urinating
- if you have cornea problems or Down syndrome
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with homatropine drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Antihistamines (eg, diphenhydramine), medicine for Parkinson disease (eg, benztropine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because they may increase the risk of homatropine drops's side effects
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if homatropine 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 homatropine drops:
Use homatropine drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with homatropine drops. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- To use homatropine 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 homatropine 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 use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use homatropine drops.
Important safety information:
- Homatropine drops may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Homatropine drops may cause blurred vision. Use homatropine drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Homatropine drops may make your eyes more sensitive to sunlight. It may help to wear sunglasses.
- Lab tests, including eye exams, may be performed while you use homatropine drops. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use homatropine drops with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Homatropine 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 homatropine drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use homatropine drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of homatropine 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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Blurred vision; eye itching, burning, or stinging; irritation at the application site.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); difficulty urinating; dry mouth; eye pain; fever; flushing or dryness of the skin; irregular or rapid heartbeat; unsteadiness on your feet.
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 hallucinations; loss of muscle coordination; rapid or irregular pulse.Proper storage of homatropine drops:
Store homatropine drops at room temperature, between 46 and 75 degrees F (8 and 24 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep homatropine drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about homatropine drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Homatropine drops are 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 homatropine 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 homatropine drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to homatropine 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 homatropine drops.
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.