Always consult a medical doctor or patient care specialist before using atropine injections.
Indications and Usage
Atropine injections are indicated to treat Parkinson’s disease, cardiac problems, bowel problems, and organophosphorus poisoning.
Atropine is also used to reduce secretions and salivation of the respiratory tract before surgery. Atropine injection can also relieve the life-threatening effects of muscarinic agents.
It is contraindicated in patients with glaucoma, pyloric stenosis, or prostatic hypertrophy.
Do not take atropine injections if you:
- Have glaucoma, asthma, or tachycardia;
- Are allergic to atropine;
- Have prostate or digestion problems.
Patients should be cautious of using atropine injections during pregnancy or breast feeding. Consult your doctor or health care professional before administering the atropine sulfate injection.
Driving or operating machinery should be avoided as it can cause drowsiness or blurry vision.
Atropine increases photosensitivity of the eyes, so it is important to wear sunglasses. Also, try to avoid the sun as much as possible to avoid heatstroke. Consult with your doctor about any medications you are taking before your treatment with atropine injections.
Keep this medicine away from the reach of children. The atropine injection should be only used as prescribed by your doctor.
Administration and Dosage
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed what they advise. Usual dose for adults is: 0.4 to 0.6mg for anti-muscarinic uses. Doses for children vary by weight ranging from 0.1 to 0.6mg. Doses less than 1.2mg are usually enough to treat bradycardia in adults.
Atropine can be poisonous in high doses and can be incapacitating at doses greater than 10mg.
Atropine can have many possible interactions with some drugs such as abatacept, acetaminophen, butalbital, caffeine, codeine, dextromethorphan, doxylamine, alfentanil, and aluminium hydroxide.
Consult with your doctor about medications you are taking or preexisting medical conditions you have before your treatment with atropine injections.
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