Health Guide

Hydroxyamphetamine/tropicamide (Into the eye)

Hydroxyamphetamine Hydrobromide (hye-drox-ee-am-FET-a-meen hye-droe-BROE-mide), Tropicamide (troe-PIK-a-mide)

Dilates your pupils during an eye exam.

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 receive it if you had an allergic reaction to hydroxyamphetamine or tropicamide, or if you have angle-closure glaucoma.

How to Use This Medicine:

Liquid, Drop

  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
  • This medicine is placed in your eye as drops.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

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

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma, or an overactive thyroid.
  • This medicine may make your eyes more sensitive to light. Wear sunglasses until the effects of this medicine wear off.
  • Do not drive a car or use machines while your eyes are dilated.

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, trouble breathing, nausea, unusual sweating, fainting, fast or uneven heartbeat
  • Eye pain

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

  • Blurred vision or sensitivity to light
  • Dry mouth or headache
  • Nausea or vomiting

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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