Carbachol

Carbachol constricts the pupil during medical procedures.

Carbachol Overview

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Carbachol is a prescription medication used to constrict the pupil and lower eye pressure during surgery as well as reduce the pressure elevation in the eye after cataract surgery. Carbachol is also used to treat glaucoma.

Carbachol belongs to a group of medications called cholinergics. These work to constrict the iris in the eye to reduce pressure in the eye.

Carbachol is available as an eye drop and is usually given up to three times daily.

Carbachol is also available as an injection and is given into the eye during the eye procedure.

Common side effects of carbachol include headache, flushing, cloudy sight, and sweating.

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Uses of Carbachol

Carbachol is a prescription medication used to constrict the pupil and lower eye pressure during surgery as well as reduce the pressure elevation in the eye after cataract surgery. Carbachol is also used to treat glaucoma.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Carbachol Brand Names

Carbachol may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Carbachol Drug Class

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Side Effects of Carbachol

Serious side effects have been reported with carbachol. See "Carbachol Precautions" section.

Common side effects of carbachol include:

  • headache
  • flushing
  • cloudy sight
  • sweating
  • stomach pain
  • irritation of the eye
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • salivation
  • diarrhea

This is not a complete list of carbachol side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.