Isopto Carpine

(pilocarpine)

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Lowers eye pressure and constricts the pupil.

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Isopto Carpine (pilocarpine) is a very effective first choice medicine for treating high eye pressure to prevent the onset or worsening of glaucoma, but you may have to use up to 4 times daily.

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Quick facts about pilocarpine
  • Drug class: Ophthalmic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (pilocarpine)

Upsides

  • It takes about 1 hour for Isopto Carpine (pilocarpine) to lower dangerously high eye pressure.
  • It does not require dose adjustments in patients with liver or kidney problems.
  • Available as a generic.
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Downsides

  • Isopto Carpine (pilocarpine) causes the pupil of the eye to become smaller, which results in dim vision, particularly at night.
  • Alternatives are easier to use than this medication, since it requires more drops throughout the day.
  • Isopto Carpine (pilocarpine) is a recommended choice, but it may not work for more serious conditions.
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How it works

Isopto Carpine (pilocarpine) increases the flow of fluids out of the inner eye, effectively reducing the pressure in the eye.

Quick facts about pilocarpine
  • Drug class: Ophthalmic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (pilocarpine)

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  • Eye drops
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What to expect when you take Isopto Carpine (pilocarpine) for Open-angle glaucoma or High Pressure in the eye

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Inability to focus your vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye irritation
  • Visual impairment
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Risks and Warnings for Isopto Carpine (pilocarpine)

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  • Be careful with night driving and other hazardous activities when there's not much light outside. Isopto Carpine (pilocarpine) can cause your vision to be less clear during the night time.

Common concerns from people taking Isopto Carpine (pilocarpine)

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Kidneys and liver
  • It does not require dose adjustments in patients with liver or kidney problems.