atropine ophthalmic (cont.)
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Who should not use atropine ophthalmic (Atropine-1, Atropine-Care, Atropisol, Isopto Atropine, Ocu-tropine)?
Do not use atropine ophthalmic if you have glaucoma that is not being treated.
Atropine ophthalmic eye drops contain a preservative (benzalkonium chloride), so do not wear soft contact lenses when the eye drops are being inserted.
Atropine ophthalmic is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether it will harm an unborn baby. Do not use atropine ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
Atropine ophthalmic passes into breast milk in small quantities. Its effects on a nursing baby are unknown. Do not use atropine ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
If you are over 65 years of age, there is a greater chance that you have increased pressure in your eyes. Atropine ophthalmic may worsen this condition. Your doctor will need to monitor this.
Atropine ophthalmic may cause unusual reactions in children and infants since they may be more susceptible to the side effects. Use extra caution when atropine ophthalmic is being used on a child.
How should I use atropine ophthalmic (Atropine-1, Atropine-Care, Atropisol, Isopto Atropine, Ocu-tropine)?
Use atropine ophthalmic eye drops or ointment exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse to explain them to you.
Wash your hands before and after using your eye drops or ointment.
To apply the eye drops:
To apply the ointment:
Do not touch the dropper or tube opening to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper or tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.
Do not use any eye drop that is discolored or has particles in it.
Store atropine ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle or tube properly capped.
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