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Atropine (A troe peen)

Adult Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

AtroPen; Atropine-Care [DSC]; Isopto Atropine

Brand Names: Canada

Dioptic’s Atropine Solution; Isopto® Atropine

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat some poisonings.
  • In surgery, it is used to lower secretions such as saliva.
  • It is used to treat muscle spasms of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, gallbladder system, or urinary system.
  • It is used to widen the pupil before an eye exam or eye surgery.
  • It is used to treat eye swelling.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

  • If you have an allergy to atropine or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Asthma or a fast heartbeat.
  • If you have glaucoma.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
  • Avoid alcohol or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
  • Be careful in hot weather or while being active. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
  • Bright lights may bother you. Wear sunglasses.
  • This drug may cause harm if swallowed. If this drug is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

All products:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
  • A fast heartbeat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Fever.
  • Flushing.
  • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
  • Change in balance.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Restlessness.
  • Trouble swallowing or speaking.

Eye:

  • Dry mouth.
  • Dry skin.
  • Eye pain.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

All products:

  • Blurred eyesight.

Shot:

  • Hard stools (constipation).
  • Less sweating.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Dizziness.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Headache.
  • Dry mouth.
  • More thirst.
  • Change in taste.
  • Larger pupils.

Eye:

  • Eye irritation.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

All eye products:

  • For the eye only.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Take out contact lenses before using this drug. Lenses may be put back in 15 minutes after this drug is given. Do not put contacts back in if your eyes are irritated or infected.
  • Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
  • After use, keep your eyes closed. Put pressure on the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes. This keeps the drug in your eye.

Eye drops:

  • Tilt your head back and drop drug into the eye.

Eye ointment:

  • Gently pull down the lower lid and squeeze in how much the doctor told you to use.
  • Let go of the lower eyelid and keep eyes closed for 1 to 2 minutes.

Shot:

  • It is given as a shot into a muscle, under the skin, or into a vein.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

Eye:

  • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.

Shot:

  • Call the doctor to find out what to do.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

Shot:

  • The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.

Eye:

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat.

All products:

  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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