Atropine (AT-row-peen)Brand Name:
Atropine Drops are used for:
Widening (dilating) the pupils for an eye exam or to treat certain inflammatory conditions of the eye. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Atropine Drops are an anticholinergic agent. It works by blocking the chemical acetylcholine, which relaxes the ciliary muscle of the eye and causes the pupil to dilate.
Do NOT use Atropine Drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Atropine Drops
- you have glaucoma or are at risk for glaucoma
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Atropine Drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with Atropine Drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have numbness due to nerve damage, a blockage of the bladder, prostate problems, or difficulty urinating
- if you have cornea problems or Down syndrome
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Atropine Drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Antihistamines (eg, diphenhydramine), medicine for Parkinson disease (eg, benztropine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because they may increase the risk of Atropine Drops's side effects
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Atropine Drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Atropine Drops:
Use Atropine Drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Atropine Drops. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- To use Atropine Drops in the eye, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using 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 eyelid for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
- To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
- If you miss a dose of Atropine Drops, 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.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Atropine Drops.
Important safety information:
- Atropine Drops may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Atropine Drops may cause blurred vision. Use Atropine Drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Atropine Drops may make your eyes more sensitive to sunlight. It may help to wear sunglasses.
- Lab tests, including eye exams, may be performed while you use Atropine Drops. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use Atropine Drops with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Atropine Drops should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Atropine Drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if Atropine Drops are found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Atropine Drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Atropine Drops:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Blurred vision; eye itching, burning, or stinging; irritation at the application site.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); difficulty urinating; dry mouth; eye pain; fever; flushing or dryness of the skin; irregular or rapid heartbeat; unsteadiness on your feet.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include hallucinations; loss of muscle coordination; rapid or irregular pulse.Proper storage of Atropine Drops:
Store Atropine Drops at room temperature, between 46 and 86 degrees F (8 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Atropine Drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Atropine Drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Atropine Drops are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Atropine Drops. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Atropine Prescribing Information (FDA)
- Atropine Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
- Atropine Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)
- atropine Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
- AtroPen Prescribing Information (FDA)