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Cyclopentolate / phenylephrine ophthalmic Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 27, 2022.

Applies to cyclopentolate / phenylephrine ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution.

You should not receive this medicine if you have untreated narrow-angle glaucoma.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking cyclopentolate / phenylephrine ophthalmic: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, or seeing halos around lights;

  • eye pain;

  • fast heart rate, severe headache, pounding in your neck or ears, anxiety;

  • fever;

  • little or no urinating;

  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);

  • severe constipation; or

  • weak or shallow breathing.

Infants and children may be more likely to have side effects from cyclopentolate and phenylephrine ophthalmic. Tell the doctor if the child has:

  • confusion, changes in behavior, hallucinations;

  • speech problems, trouble recognizing people;

  • restless or excited behavior;

  • loss of balance or coordination;

  • seizure (convulsions); or

  • feeding problems or loss of appetite.

Common side effects may include:

  • dry mouth, nose, or throat;

  • decreased sweating; or

  • sensitivity to sunlight.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.