Isopto Carpine Side Effects
Generic Name: pilocarpine ophthalmic
Note: This page contains information about the side effects of pilocarpine ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Isopto Carpine.
For the Consumer
Applies to pilocarpine ophthalmic: ophthalmic device, ophthalmic gel/jelly, ophthalmic solution, ophthalmic suspension
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by pilocarpine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Isopto Carpine). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking pilocarpine ophthalmic, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:Symptoms of too much medicine being absorbed into the body
- Increased sweating
- muscle tremors
- nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- troubled breathing or wheezing
- watering of mouth
- Eye pain
Minor Side Effects
Some of the side effects that can occur with pilocarpine ophthalmic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:More common:
- Blurred vision or change in near or far vision
- decrease in night vision
- Eye irritation
- headache or browache
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to pilocarpine ophthalmic: compounding powder, ophthalmic gel, ophthalmic insert, ophthalmic solution
Common (1% to 10%): Accommodative change, blurred vision, eye irritation, visual impairment, eye pain
Frequency not reported: Ciliary spasm, itching, smarting/burning, sensitization of the lids and conjunctival vascular congestion, transient myopia, lens changes with chronic use, decrease in visual acuity in poor illumination, increased pupillary block, vitreous hemorrhaging, retinal detachment[Ref]
The most commonly reported side effects were accommodative change, blurred vision, eye irritation, visual impairment, and eye pain.[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Changes in blood pressure, cardiac rhythm[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Sweating, increased salivation, lacrimation[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Headache, browache
Frequency not reported: Tremor[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Bronchial spasm, pulmonary edema[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Pilopine HS (pilocarpine ophthalmic)." Alcon Laboratories Inc, Fort Worth, TX.
2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
Not all side effects for Isopto Carpine may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
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