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dapiprazole (Ophthalmic route)
Medically reviewed on March 25, 2018.
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
Available Dosage Forms:
- Powder for Solution
Therapeutic Class: Ophthalmologic Agent
Pharmacologic Class: Alpha-Adrenergic Blocker
Uses For dapiprazole
Dapiprazole is used in the eye to reduce the size of the pupil after certain kinds of eye examinations.
Some eye examinations are best done when your pupil (the black center of the colored part of your eye) is very large, so the doctor can see into your eye better. dapiprazole helps to reduce the size of your pupil back to its normal size after the eye examination.
Before Using dapiprazole
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For dapiprazole, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to dapiprazole or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Studies on dapiprazole have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of dapiprazole in children with use in other age groups.
Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults. Although there is no specific information comparing use of dapiprazole in the elderly with use in other age groups, dapiprazole is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.
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There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Interactions with Medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking dapiprazole, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using dapiprazole with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of dapiprazole. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Eye problems, other—Use of dapiprazole may make the condition worse
Proper Use of dapiprazole
The dose of dapiprazole will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of dapiprazole. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For ophthalmic solution (eye drops) dosage form:
- For reduction of size of pupil of eye:
- Adults—One drop, then one drop in five minutes, following eye examination.
- Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For reduction of size of pupil of eye:
Precautions While Using dapiprazole
Even after using dapiprazole, you may have blurred vision or other vision problems. If any of these occur, do not drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not able to see well.
dapiprazole may cause your eyes to become more sensitive to light than they are normally. Wearing sunglasses and avoiding too much exposure to bright light may help lessen the discomfort.
dapiprazole Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:Less common
- Irritation (severe) or swelling of the clear part of the eye
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
- Burning of eye when medicine is applied
- redness of the white part of the eye
- Blurring of vision
- drooping of upper eyelid
- dryness of eye
- increased sensitivity of eye to light
- itching of eye
- redness of eyelid
- swelling of eyelid
- swelling of the membrane covering the white part of the eye
- tearing of eye
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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