Health Guide

Tropicamide (Into the eye)

Tropicamide (troe-PIK-a-mide)

Dilates your pupils during an eye exam. Helps your doctor to see inside your eye.

Brand Name(s):


There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to tropicamide.

How to Use This Medicine:


  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

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

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using any medicine such as carbachol (Miostat®) or pilocarpine (Salagen®). Tell your doctor if you use any other types of eye drops.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • This medicine may cause blurred vision, or eye pain when exposed to light. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not able to see well.
  • Make sure you wash your hands after receiving this medicine and wiping your eyes.

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
  • Change in your behavior.
  • Blurred vision, stinging or redness of your eyes.
  • Fast heartbeat.
  • Lightheadedness or fainting.

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

  • Dry mouth.
  • Headache, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Swelling, redness, or itching of your eyelids.

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: 7/4/2018
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