Generic Name: atropine (injection)
- What is atropine?
- What are the possible side effects of atropine?
- What is the most important information I should know about atropine?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving atropine?
- How is atropine given?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while receiving atropine?
- What other drugs will affect atropine?
- Where can I get more information?
What is atropine?
Atropine is sometimes used as an antidote to treat certain types of poisoning.
Atropine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of atropine?
Tell your caregivers right away if you have:
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, feeling full after eating a small amount;
- blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
- trouble swallowing;
- feeling restless or excited;
- tremors, problems with balance or muscle movement;
- increased thirst, hot and dry skin;
- tiredness; or
- a severe skin rash.
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about atropine?
Before you receive atropine, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions or allergies, and all the medicines you are using. Also make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving atropine?
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- asthma or other breathing disorder;
- enlarged prostate;
- urination problems,
- a heart rhythm disorder;
- liver or kidney disease;
- myasthenia gravis; or
- a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines).
How is atropine given?
Atropine is injected into a muscle, under the skin, or as an infusion into a vein. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Because you will receive atropine in a clinical setting, you are not likely to miss a dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Since this medicine is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, an overdose is unlikely to occur.
What should I avoid while receiving atropine?
This medicine may cause blurred vision and may impair your reactions. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you.
What other drugs will affect atropine?
Atropine can make it harder for your body to absorb other medicines you take by mouth. Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially mexiletine.
Other drugs may affect atropine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about atropine.
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