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Table of Contents > Drugs >  Atropine
Atropine
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Foreign Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(A troe peen)

Brand Names
Atropine-Care®; Atropisol®; Isopto® Atropine; Sal-Tropine®

Foreign Brand Names
Tropyn Z (Mexico)

Therapeutic Categories
Anticholinergic Agent; Anticholinergic Agent, Ophthalmic; Antidote; Antispasmodic Agent, Gastrointestinal; Ophthalmic Agent, Mydriatic

Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to atropine or any other part of the medicine.
  • If you have any of the following conditions: Narrow-angle glaucoma, rapid heartbeats (tachycardia), blockage in the gastrointestinal tract, slow intestinal tract, severe ulcerative colitis, severely enlarged colon, liver disease, a large prostate, kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, asthma, over-active thyroid gland.


What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine is used for the treatment of inflamed parts of the eye.


How does it work?

  • Atropine increases the size of the pupil of the eye.


How is it best taken?

  • For the eye only.
  • Take out soft contact lenses before using medicine. Lenses can be replaced 15 minutes after medicine is given.
  • Do not touch the bottle or tube tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
  • Solution:
    • Tilt head back and drop medicine into eye.
    • After using medicine keep your eyes closed. Apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3-5 minutes. This keeps medicine in the eye.
    • Separate each eye medicine by 5 minutes. Give one and wait 5 minutes before using the next.
  • Ointment:
    • Place medicine inside the lower lid. Close the eye for 1-2 minutes. Roll eyeball around.
    • Separate each eye medicine by 10 minutes. Give one and wait 10 minutes before using the next.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Instill a missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not instill a double dose or extra doses.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • If you are 65 or older, you may have more side effects.
  • Men 65 or older with problems urinating should not take this medicine.
  • You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities until you see how this medicine affects you.
  • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) and other medicines and herbs that slow your actions and reactions. This includes sedatives, tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, or pain medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.
  • Be careful in hot weather. Can increase risk of heat stroke.
  • You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid lots of sun. Use sunscreen; wear protective clothing and eyewear.
  • If you are using the eye drops or ointment, wear sunglasses. You will be very sensitive to the sunlight.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Feeling sleepy, lightheaded, dizzy, or having blurred vision. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities that require you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects you.
  • Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
  • Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.
  • Unable to pass urine. Go to the bathroom before taking medicine. Talk with healthcare provider if it becomes a problem.


What should I monitor?

  • Follow up with healthcare provider.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Eye pain.
  • Any rash.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Store at room temperature. Protect from heat.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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