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Generic: echothiophate iodide ophthalmic
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It is used to treat some kinds of glaucoma

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What is this medicine?

ECHOTHIOPHATE (ek oh THYE oh fate) works in the eye. It is used to treat some kinds of glaucoma. It is also used to diagnose and to treat a condition that causes the eyes to cross.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • closed- angle glaucoma
  • infection or swelling in the eye
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to echothiophate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye, fingertips, or any other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye for a few moments to spread the drops and apply gentle finger pressure to the inner corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • certain insecticides or pesticides
  • medicines that improve muscle strength or tone for conditions like myasthenia gravis
  • muscle relaxers used during surgery like succinylcholine
  • other medicines for glaucoma

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