Without a Prescription
Atropine, with the generic name of Atropine Ophthalmic, works by relaxing the muscles in the eyes. It widens the pupil, making it non-responsive to light.
Atropine is specially formulated to dilate the pupil in cases of inflammatory conditions or in post surgery situations.
Atropine is not recommended for use by patients with glaucoma.
Atropine belongs to a class of drugs known as FDA Pregnancy Category C. This entails that it is not certain how it may affect an unborn child. Should you be pregnant or planning to be, have a talk with you doctor first before taking Atropine.
Atropine is known to pass into breast milk. Nursing mothers are therefore strongly advised to see their doctor prior to taking this medication as this may affect the nursing infant.
Extra precaution is needed for patients over 65 years of age as they have greater chances of having increased pressure in the eyes. They may need to undergo special monitoring during the treatment period.
Children are also more susceptible to side effects. Necessary precaution must also be observed.
Atropine must be taken as directed by your doctor. If there is any instruction that appears unclear to you, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Always wash your hands before and after using this medication. Remove contact lenses, if wearing any, before application. Ask your doctor if it is safe to replace your lenses after putting Atropine.
For the eye drops,
- Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of the eye (near the nose) for 1-3 minutes to prevent the liquid from draining down the tear duct;
- Look up and away from the dropper;
- Position the dropper just above the eye;
- Repeat procedure on the other eye if needed or when more than one dose is required;
- Squeeze out a drop and close your eye;
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down on the lower eyelid;
For the ointment,
- Allow 10 minutes to pass before applying another medication, if needed;
- Apply a thin film of the ointment into your lower eyelid;
- Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for 1-3 minutes to prevent the ointment from draining down the tear duct;
- Close your eye and roll your eyeball around in all directions for 1-2 minutes;
- Hold the tube with your hand for a few minutes to warm it up so the ointment comes out easily;
- Tilt you head back slightly and pull down gently on the lower eyelid;
Never allow the dropper to touch any surface, including you hands or eyes to prevent having eye infections. Do not use discolored dropper or when you notice particles in it.
Unless directed by your doctor, Atropine must not be double dosed. If you happen to miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember as long as it is not almost time for the next scheduled dose. Otherwise, skip missed dose and proceed with the next.
Flush the eye with water and seek immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of over dosage may include:
- Dry mouth and skin;
- Fast heartbeat;
- Unusual drowsiness;
Stop usage of Atropine and see your doctor at once if you feel any of these adverse effects:
- Allergic reactions (such as difficulty in breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, face, or hives);
- Hallucinations or unusual behavior (especially in children);
- Irregular or fast heart rate;
- Swollen or distended stomach (in infants);
Other minor effects may also be experienced. In any of the cases below, continue use of Atropine and seek medical help:
- Blurred vision;
- Sensitivity to sunlight;
- Stinging or burning;
- Swelling of the eyelids;
For other symptoms not mentioned that are particularly causing discomfort, tell your doctor immediately.
Refrain from using other eye medications while under treatment with Atropine.
Have a talk with your doctor before deciding to take other prescribed or over-the-counter medicines while taking Atropine.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Atropine may also be known as:
- Atro Ofteno;
- Bell Pino-Atrin;
- Bellafit N;