Ocu-Carpine Side Effects
Generic Name: pilocarpine ophthalmic
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug pilocarpine ophthalmic. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Ocu-Carpine.
For the Consumer
Applies to pilocarpine ophthalmic: ophthalmic device, ophthalmic gel/jelly, ophthalmic solution, ophthalmic suspension
As well as its needed effects, pilocarpine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Ocu-Carpine) may cause unwanted side effects that 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 pilocarpine ophthalmic side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them: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
It is possible that some side effects of Ocu-Carpine may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
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