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Phenylephrine/scopolamine (Into the eye)

Phenylephrine (fen-il-EF-rin), Scopolamine (skoe-POL-a-meen)

Used to dilate the pupil of the eye and treat eye problems.

Brand Name(s):

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. You should not use it if you had an allergic reaction to phenylephrine or scopolamine, or if you have narrow-angle glaucoma.

How to Use This Medicine:

Liquid, Drop

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Shake the eye drops well just before each use.
  • Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
  • Insert the drops into the pocket, between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not allow the dropper to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away.
  • Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine bottle upright at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Some medicines can affect how phenylephrine/scopolamine works. Tell your doctor if you are using an MAO inhibitor (MAOI).

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have asthma, glaucoma, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disease, or heart disease.
  • While your pupils are dilated, do not drive, use machines, or do anything else that requires you to see clearly.
  • This medicine will make your eyes more sensitive to light. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Chest pain that may spread to your arms, jaw, back, or neck, trouble breathing, nausea, unusual sweating, faintness
  • Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
  • Severe eye pain or blurred vision

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Anxiety
  • Headache
  • Redness or minor stinging in your eyes

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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