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Tropicamide ophthalmic

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.



COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Mydral, Mydriacyl, Opticyl


This medication is used to dilate the eye for eye exams, or to treat certain eye conditions.

How To Use

This medication is for use in the eye. One or two drops are placed in the eye(s) 15 minutes or so prior to examination. Additional drops may be necessary to achieve the desired effect for an eye examination. When used to treat eye conditions, use as directed by your prescriber for the full course of treatment. After application of the drops, apply pressure to the side of the nose where the tear duct is with your finger for 1 to 3 minutes to prevent absorption into the body.

Side Effects

This medication may temporarily sting or burn your eye for a minute when first applied. If this continues or becomes bothersome, inform your doctor. Vision may be temporarily blurred or unstable for a few minutes after applying eye drops. Because this medication dilates the eye, your eyes will be sensitive to light. Wear sun glasses and avoid bright lights until the effect is over. Use caution if driving or performing duties requiring clear vision. Notify your doctor if you develop: a skin rash, eye pain, swelling in or around the eyes, vision problems. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor if you have: glaucoma, other illnesses, any allergies. This medication should be used cautiously in the elderly. This medication should be used with caution during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you use, including: other eye medicine. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.


The effect of this medication is greatest within about 30 minutes after application. It may take a few hours for the effects to totally disappear.

Missed Dose

This medication is not for routine use.


Close the container tightly after each use. Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not refrigerate. Discard this if the solution turns brown, cloudy or contains particles.