In glaucoma, the fluid inside the eyeball is under abnormally high pressure, a condition which can cause vision problems or even blindness.
Propine and similar drugs can keep ocular pressure under control, but only as long as you take them.
Propine belongs to a class of medication called "prodrugs," drugs that generally are not active by themselves, but are converted in the body to an active form.
Propine is prescribed to treat chronic open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of the disease.
There is no cure for glaucoma.
This makes for better absorption, stability, and comfort and reduces side effects.
You will probably need to continue treatment for life and you must be sure to take the medication regularly.
Propine side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
More common side effects may include:
- Red eye;
- Burning and stinging;
Less common or rare side effects may include:
- Increased sensitivity to light;
- Increased heart rate or blood pressure;
- Extreme dilation of pupils;
- Change in heart rhythm;
- Allergic reactions;
Propine is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you have narrow-angle glaucoma;
- If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to propine or any of its ingredients;
Do not take Propine with any of the following drugs:
No significant interactions have been reported.
The safety and effectiveness of Propine have not been established in children.
The usual dose is 1 drop in the eye(s) every 12 hours.
You should feel the maximum effects of the drug within 1 hour.
It usually takes about 30 minutes for Propine to start working.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Propine, seek medical attention immediately.