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Cyclopentolate Ophthalmic Dosage

Medically reviewed on November 16, 2017.

Applies to the following strengths: 0.5%; 1%; 2%

Usual Adult Dose for:

Usual Pediatric Dose for:

Additional dosage information:

Usual Adult Dose for Refraction

Instill 1 to 2 drops in the eye(s) once; may repeat in 5 to 10 minutes if needed

Comments: The 0.5%, 1%, or 2% solution may be used.

Uses: To produce mydriasis and cycloplegia

Usual Adult Dose for Pupillary Dilation

Instill 1 to 2 drops in the eye(s) once; may repeat in 5 to 10 minutes if needed

Comments: The 0.5%, 1%, or 2% solution may be used.

Uses: To produce mydriasis and cycloplegia

Usual Pediatric Dose for Refraction

Infants: Instill 1 drop of 0.5% solution into the eye(s) once

Comments:
-To minimize absorption, pressure should be applied over the nasolacrimal sac for 2 to 3 minutes.
-The infant should be observed for at least 30 minutes after instillation.

Children: Instill 1 to 2 drops in the eye(s) once; may repeat in 5 to 10 minutes if needed using the 0.5% or 1% solution

Comments: Initial dose in children may be given using the 0.5%, 1%, or 2% solution.

Uses: To produce mydriasis and cycloplegia

Usual Pediatric Dose for Pupillary Dilation

Infants: Instill 1 drop of 0.5% solution into the eye(s) once

Comments:
-To minimize absorption, pressure should be applied over the nasolacrimal sac for 2 to 3 minutes.
-The infant should be observed for at least 30 minutes after instillation.

Children: Instill 1 to 2 drops in the eye(s) once; may repeat in 5 to 10 minutes if needed using the 0.5% or 1% solution

Comments: Initial dose in children may be given using the 0.5%, 1%, or 2% solution.

Uses: To produce mydriasis and cycloplegia

Renal Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Liver Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Precautions

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

Dialysis

Data not available

Other Comments

Administration advice:
-For topical ophthalmic use only; not for injection.
-Feeding should be withheld for 4 hours after examination in infants.
-Wash hands and hands of child after use.
-Patients with heavily pigmented irides may require higher strength.
-Complete recovery usually occurs in 24 hours; complete recovery from mydriasis may require several days in some patients.

Patient advice:
-Avoid touching tip of dropper to any surface as this may cause contamination.
-Transient burning sensation may occur upon instillation.
-Avoid driving or engaging in hazardous activities while pupils are dilated.
-Protect eyes from bright illumination as sensitivity to light can occur.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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