Isopto Carpine (Pilocarpine) from Maple Leaf Medications.
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What is Isopto Carpine?
Isopto Carpine, with the generic name pilocarpine hydrochloride, is an ophthalmic solution indicated to reduce elevated IOP or intraocular pressure among people with ocular hypertension or open-angle glaucoma. It is also used to manage acute angle-closure glaucoma, prevent postoperative elevated intraocular pressure secondary to laser surgery, and induce miosis.
This is available in Isopto Carpine 4% (40 mg/mL), 2% (20 mg/mL), and 1% (10 mg/mL).
How does Isopto Carpine work?
This muscarinic cholinergic agonist works by directly stimulating the muscarinic receptors and smooth muscle, including the iris and secretory glands. It also contracts the ciliary muscle, which results in increased tension on the scleral spur and opening of the trabecular meshwork spaces in order to facilitate the outflow of the aqueous humor. These actions reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) and induce miosis by contracting the iris sphincter muscle.
How to use Isopto Carpine
To initiate, read the Isopto Carpine guide or information leaflet that comes with this product. Do not use any eye medication if you have not yet fully understood the drug information and instructions in the manual provided. If you need additional medical advice or have inquiries regarding the correct use of this medication, you may ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Remember to use this ophthalmic solution exactly as prescribed. If necessary, make a dosing schedule to avoid missing your doses. You may also be prescribed other eye medications, note that there should be a 5-minute interval in between. Administer eye drops prior to eye ointments to allow proper absorption.
Do not alter your Isopto Carpine dosage, frequency, or length of treatment as your medical condition and the response to therapy determine how long the process will take. Be sure not to stop taking the medication to avoid worsening conditions or rebound effects.
Step by step guide in using Isopto Carpine:
Always wash your hands prior to and after applying eye medications to avoid contamination and infection. If you have contact lenses on, remove them before applying this drug.
Open the solution and slightly tilt your head back.
Look up and make a pouch by gently pulling down your lower eyelid.
With the dropper directly above your eye, squeeze the bottle to release a drop into the affected eye.
Let go of the lower eyelid and slowly close your eye.
Using your finger, press the inner corner of your eye to avoid the medication from draining. Do not blink or rub your eye.
Using a tissue, wipe the extra solution around your eye.
Isopto Carpine Side Effects
Common side effects
-Temporary eye irritation
-Temporary blurred vision
-Poor vision in dim light
There are rarely serious side effects associated with this prescription drug. If the adverse reactions do not get better or become worse, you should hold this drug and consult your doctor or any healthcare professional. In addition, you should notify us if you experience any severe side effects, such as:
The following is not a complete list of Isopto Carpine’s side effects.
Precautions when using Isopto Carpine
Before you begin to use this eye solution, you should disclose your complete medical history with your physician, especially iritis, detached retina, or other eye problems. Certain diseases or disorders may affect how your system will respond to the therapy. Additionally, you should talk about all prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, herbal products, and supplements you are using because of possible drug interactions.
Be cautious of possible allergic reactions while using this solution. Avoid using this ophthalmic drug if you have a known allergy to pilocarpine, benzalkonium chloride, or any inactive ingredients the solution may contain. Immediately discontinue use and seek emergency help once you notice signs of hypersensitivity, such as itchiness, rashes, severe dizziness, swelling of the face, and trouble breathing.
This medication may temporarily blur your vision and may cause poor vision in dim light. Practice extreme caution when driving, using machinery, and doing any activity that requires clear vision.
It is still unknown whether this type of treatment could cause harm to unborn babies and breastfed infants. Thus, pregnant and breastfeeding moms must use this prescription drug only if clearly necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long should I use Isopto Carpine?
The length of your treatment will be depending on your condition.
Should I wash the dropper after applying Isopto Carpine?
It is unnecessary to wipe the dropper of this medication.
Does Isopto Carpine cause blurred vision?
This eye medication may cause temporary blurred vision.
How should I store Isopto Carpine?
Store the bottle at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.
How much does Isopto Carpine cost?
You may check the prices of this solution from this page.
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Maple Leaf Medications has provided information from third parties intended to increase awareness and does not contain all the information about Isopto Carpine (Pilocarpine). Talk to your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner for medical attention, advice, or if you have any concerns about Isopto Carpine (Pilocarpine).