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atropine ophthalmic (cont.)

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:

  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down on your lower eyelid. Position the dropper above your eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close your eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) for 1 to 3 minutes to prevent the liquid from draining down your tear duct. If you are using more than one drop in the same eye or drops in both eyes, repeat the process with about 5 minutes between drops.

To apply the ointment:

  • Hold the tube in your hand for a few minutes to warm it up so that the ointment comes out easily. Tilt your head back slightly and pull down gently on your lower eyelid. Apply a thin film of the ointment into your lower eyelid. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of your eye near your nose for 1 to 3 minutes to prevent the ointment from draining down your tear duct. Close your eye and roll your eyeball around in all directions for 1 to 2 minutes. If you are applying another eye medication, allow at least 10 minutes before your next application.

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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