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This medication is used before surgery to help decrease the amount of saliva you produce. Decreasing your saliva before surgery can help to reduce the risk of getting saliva into your lungs, which may cause a lung infection (pneumonia). It also has some helpful effect on maintaining your blood pressure and heart rate during surgery. Atropine belongs to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics. It works by decreasing the effects of a natural substance (acetylcholine) in the body.Atropine is also used to restore a normal heart rate in patients with slow heartbeat. It is also used as an antidote in certain poisonings (e.g., insecticides, nerve gases).

 
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This medication is used before surgery to help decrease the amount of saliva you produce. Decreasing your saliva before surgery can help to reduce the risk of getting saliva into your lungs, which may cause a lung infection (pneumonia). It also has some helpful effect on maintaining your blood pressure and heart rate during surgery. Atropine belongs to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics. It works by decreasing the effects of a natural substance (acetylcholine) in the body.Atropine is also used to restore a normal heart rate in patients with slow heartbeat. It is also used as an antidote in certain poisonings (e.g., insecticides, nerve gases).
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Avoid freezing this medication.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
  • If using the single-use syringe form of this medication, discard any unused medicine after injecting.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: dilated pupils, fast heartbeat, hallucinations, mental confusion, seizures, and loss of consciousness.

How To Use
  • This medication may be injected under the skin, into a muscle, or into a vein.
  • It is usually given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting (e.g., hospital, emergency room, or doctor's office).
  • Dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to therapy.Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration.
  • If either is present, do not use the liquid.If this drug is used to treat slow heartbeat or poisoning, inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Side Effects
  • Dry mouth, blurred vision, increased sensitivity to light, decreased sweating, flushing, drowsiness and constipation are very likely to occur with the use of atropine.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fast/irregular heartbeat, confusion, dizziness, hot dry skin, shaking (tremor), fever, difficulty urinating.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking atropine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other anticholinergics (e.g., hyoscyamine, scopolamine); or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: glaucoma, certain stomach conditions (e.g., pyloric stenosis), enlarged prostate (prostatic hypertrophy), heart problems (e.g., fast heartbeat), lung problems, myasthenia gravis.This drug may make you drowsy, dizzy or cause blurred vision; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness or clear vision such as driving or using machinery.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.This medication can decrease sweating.
  • To prevent heatstroke, avoid becoming overheated in hot weather, saunas, and during exercise/other strenuous activities.The elderly may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, especially constipation or difficulty urinating.Children may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, especially fever due to decreased sweating.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.Atropine may pass into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • Not applicable.

Drug Interactions
  • Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it.
  • Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: arbutamine.If you are currently using this medication listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting atropine.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: phenothiazines (e.g., chlorpromazine), pramlintide.

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