Ocu-Carpine Side Effects
Generic Name: pilocarpine ophthalmic
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 22, 2020.
Note: This document contains side effect information about pilocarpine ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Ocu-Carpine.
For the Consumer
Applies to pilocarpine ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, pilocarpine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Ocu-Carpine) 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 while taking pilocarpine ophthalmic:
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
Less common or rare
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of pilocarpine ophthalmic 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:
- 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: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea[Ref]
1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
2. "Product Information. Pilopine HS (pilocarpine ophthalmic)." Alcon Laboratories Inc, Fort Worth, TX.
3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
More about Ocu-Carpine (pilocarpine ophthalmic)
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- Drug class: ophthalmic glaucoma agents
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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.