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Isopto Hyoscine Consumer (continued)
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, hallucinations, memory problems), nausea/vomiting, difficulty urinating, muscle spasms.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: eye pain/swelling, vision changes (such as seeing rainbows around lights at night).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Isopto Hyoscine (scopolamine) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: Before using scopolamine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to atropine, other belladonna-type drugs; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as preservatives like benzalkonium chloride), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: personal or family history of glaucoma (angle-closure type), brain damage or spastic paralysis in children, Down's syndrome, certain eye conditions (e.g., thinning cornea also known as keratoconus, or scarring between the cornea, iris, and lens).
This drug may cause blurred vision. Your eyes may also become sensitive to light. Wearing dark sunglasses may help with the light sensitivity. These vision changes may last up to 7 days after use of scopolamine. This drug may also make you drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially the mental/mood effects.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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