Chemical Name: ATROPINE (A-troe-peen)
Atropine is an anticholinergic agent used before eye examinations to dilate the pupils. Atropine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Follow the directions for using Atropine provided by your doctor. TO USE Atropine: first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back and with your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye and continue to apply pressure for 1 or 2 minutes after using the medicine. Do not blink and keep your eyes closed for 1 or 2 minutes. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
TO PREVENT GERMS from entering Atropine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface including your eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
STORE Atropine as directed on the prescription label.
IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Atropine, and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Atropine may cause blurred vision and sensitivity to bright light. Wear sunglasses if you are outside in bright sunlight. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous unless you can see clearly.
IF YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT FOR AN EYE EXAMINATION and your doctor has told you that you will receive Atropine, be sure to make arrangements to have someone drive you home if your vision is blurry.
FOR WOMEN: if you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Atropine during pregnancy. ATROPINE is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Atropine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include blurred vision, burning, or stinging. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor.
CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience eye pain; flushing or dryness of the skin; dry mouth; unsteadiness on your feet; an irregular or rapid heartbeat; fever; or difficulty urinating. If you notice any unusual effects, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Atropine may be harmful if swallowed.
DO NOT SHARE Atropine with others for whom it was not prescribed.
DO NOT USE Atropine for other health conditions.
KEEP Atropine out of the reach of children.
IF USING ATROPINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.