Atropine sulfate belongs to a group of medicines called antimuscarinic agents. Atropine Injection is given before anaesthesia to decrease mucus secretions, such as saliva. During anaesthesia and surgery, atropine is used to help keep the heart beat normal. Atropine sulfate is also used to block or reverse the adverse effects caused by some medicines and certain type of pesticides.
Atropine Injection may be used for the management of other conditions that are not mentioned above. Your doctor will be able to tell you about the specific condition for which you have been prescribed Atropine Injection.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Do not use Atropine Injection if you have an allergy or have had an unusual reaction to atropine or any of the anticholinergic medicines such as hyoscyamine and belladonna.
Do not use Atropine Injection if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
If you are not sure whether any of these apply to you, check with your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including:
Some medicines and atropine sulfate may interfere with each other. These include:
If you are to receive Atropine Injection as a premedication, your doctor will advise if you should continue to take your regular medicines.
Atropine sulfate will be injected by your doctor or nurse under the skin, into the muscle or directly into the blood stream.
Your doctor will decide what dose and how often you will receive Atropine Injection. The dosage you will be given will depend on your condition, what it is being used for and other factors, such as your age, and whether or not other medicines are being given at the same time.
This rarely happens as Atropine Injection is administered under the care of a highly trained doctor.
However, if you are given too much atropine sulfate, you may experience some of the effects listed under "Side effects" below. The signs of overdose are dilation of the pupils, difficulty in swallowing, hot dry skin, flushing and inability to pass urine. Rapid breathing, increased heart rate and hyperactivity may also occur.
Your doctor has information on how to recognise and treat an overdose. Ask your doctor if you have any concerns.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well after you have being given atropine sulfate.
Like other medicines, atropine sulfate can cause some side effects. If they occur, most are likely to be minor or temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions that you may have.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following:
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor or nurse.
Atropine Injection will be stored in the pharmacy or on the ward. The injection is kept in a cool dry place, where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Atropine Injection is a clear, colourless solution in a plastic ampoule.
It is available in packs of 10 (600 microgram only) and packs of 50.
Atropine Injection contains the active ingredient atropine sulfate 600 microgram per mL or 1.2 mg per mL. It also contains sodium chloride and Water for Injections.
It does not contain preservatives.