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Isopto Carpine (Pilocarpine) Eye Drops


Isopto Carpine (Pilocarpine) Eye Drops

Prescription Required

1% Eye Drops
2% Eye Drops
4% Eye Drops

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Generic Equivalent - Isopto Carpine (Pilocarpine) Eye Drops

Prescription Required

1% Eye Drops
2% Eye Drops
4% Eye Drops

You'll have option to make 4 interest-free payments by credit card once your order is confirmed using Sezzle

  • Product Details


    ISOPTO CARPINE can be prescribed by healthcare professionals that treat conditions of the eye. They are useful for a variety of conditions, including:

    • Induction of miosis (pupil constriction)
    • Manage acute angle-closure glaucoma
    • Reduce eye pressure in people with ocular hypertension or open-angle glaucoma
    • Prevent increased eye pressure after laser surgery

    ISOPTO CARPINE works by lowering the pressure inside of the eye. It attaches to muscarinic receptors, which causes contraction of the iris sphincter and ciliary muscle. The effects of ISOPTO CARPINE drops cause miosis and lower intraocular pressure (IOP).


    Use ISOPTO CARPINE exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

    The usual dose is one drop into the eye up to four times daily. ISOPTO CARPINE can be used in a single eye or both eyes.


    The active ingredient in ISOPTO CARPINE is pilocarpine.

    Fact Table




    AU, US FDA



    Legal status

    RX Only

    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    0.76 hours

    Dosage (Strength)

    1% Eye Drops (15mL), 2% Eye Drops (15mL), 4% Eye Drops (15mL)


    Consult a doctor


    Betoptic Pilo, Isopto Carpine, Minims Pilocarpine Nitrate, Salagen, Vuity

    Protein binding


    PubChem CID






    ATC code

    N07AX01, S01EB01





    Routes of administration

    Topical eye drops


    ISOPTO CARPINE can interact with the following medications:

    • Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors
    • Beta-blockers
    • Cyclopentolate
    • Sincalide

    Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the above medications.


    If you wear contact lenses, wait 15 minutes after the instillation of ISOPTO CARPINE before putting in the lenses.

    Separate different eye drops by at least 5 minutes.

    ISOPTO CARPINE can impair night vision. Use caution if you will be driving or operating machinery at night.

    Your doctor should perform a funduscopy of the retina before prescribing this medication.

    Tell your doctor if you have a history of iritis or congenital glaucoma.

    Side Effects

    The most common ISOPTO CARPINE side effects may include:

    • Accommodative change
    • Blurred vision
    • Eye irritation
    • Eye pain
    • Headache
    • Visual impairment


    Isopto Carpine [package insert]. Fort Worth, TX: Alcon; 2010.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Isopto Carpine

    What is Isopto Carpine?

    Isopto Carpine is a brand of eye drops containing the active ingredient pilocarpine, which is used to treat certain types of glaucoma and other eye conditions.

    How does Isopto Carpine work?

    Isopto Carpine works by decreasing the amount of fluid in the eye, which reduces eye pressure. It belongs to a class of drugs known as miotics.

    How should I use Isopto Carpine?

    You should use Isopto Carpine exactly as directed by your healthcare provider. Typically, it's used by placing one drop into the affected eye(s) up to four times a day.

    What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Isopto Carpine?

    Discuss your medical history, especially if you have had other eye conditions, allergies, or if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    What are the possible side effects of Isopto Carpine?

    Common side effects may include temporary blurring of vision, eye irritation, or headache. Severe side effects may include an allergic reaction, eye pain, or changes in vision.

    What should I do if I miss a dose?

    If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it's almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.

    Can I use other eye medications while using Isopto Carpine?

    You should always consult with your healthcare provider before using other eye medications with Isopto Carpine to avoid potential interactions.

    How should I store Isopto Carpine?

    Isopto Carpine should be stored at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not freeze, and keep out of reach of children and pets.

    Can I wear contact lenses while using Isopto Carpine?

    It is advisable to talk to your healthcare provider about wearing contact lenses while using Isopto Carpine, as the preservatives in the drops may be absorbed by the lenses.

    What should I do in case of an overdose?

    In case of an overdose or if someone swallows the medication, contact a poison control center or seek medical attention immediately.

    Where can I get more information?

    For more information, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist. You can also find more information in the medication guide provided with the product.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 11330

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