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Healthnotes Index:

Scopolamine

Pronounced

"sko-PALL-un-meen"

Uses

This medication is used to widen the pupils for eye examination or eye surgery. It is also used to decrease pain and swelling from an inflammation of the eye (iridocyclitis). It belongs to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics. Scopolamine works by blocking the effects of a certain natural chemical (acetylcholine) on certain eye muscles, causing relaxation of these muscles. This effect causes the pupil to widen and the lens to temporarily lose the ability to focus. Scopolamine decreases pain in eye inflammation by relaxing the eye muscles.

How to Use This Medication

If you are using this medication for eye inflammation, apply it to the eye up to 3 or 4 times a day or as directed by your doctor. If you are using this medication to widen the pupil, it is usually applied in the eye 1 hour before the procedure/exam or as directed by your doctor. This medication is for use in the eye only. Do not take by mouth or inject.

To apply eye drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.

If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before using these eye drops. Ask your doctor when you can start wearing your contact lenses again.

Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place 1 drop into the pouch as directed by your doctor. Look downward and gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose) and apply gentle pressure for 2 to 3 minutes. This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye and will also help reduce side effects. Try not to blink and do not rub your eye. Repeat these steps if your dose is for more than 1 drop or for your other eye if so directed. Wash your hands after applying eye drops.

If you are applying eye drops into a child's eyes, wash your hands and the child's hands afterwards. Be careful not to get any drops in the child's mouth.

Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the dropper cap after each use.

If you are using another kind of eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments), ask your doctor if you should continue to use them with this medication and when you should start them again. Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the drops to enter the eye.

If you have been directed to use this medicine more than 1 time (e.g., for eye inflammation), use it regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day. Continue using it for the full time prescribed.

This medication starts to work in minutes, and its effect usually lasts for several days or sometimes longer. Tell your doctor if you continue to have blurred vision, sensitivity to light, or widened pupils 1 week after your exam. If you are treating inflammation, tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

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