atropine (generic name)

It is used to reduce saliva and fluid in the respiratory tract
(A troe peen)
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What is this medicine?

ATROPINE (A troe peen) is used to reduce saliva and fluid in the respiratory tract. It is also used to treat spasms caused by certain diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • asthma
  • glaucoma
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to atropine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed for children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • atomoxetine
  • benztropine
  • donepezil
  • ephedra
  • galantamine
  • glutethimide
  • medicines for mental problems and psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • rivastigmine
  • some medicines for cold and allergy
  • stimulant medicines for attention, focus, or weight loss
  • tacrine
  • tegaserod

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Side effects may occur even though you are no longer using this medicine. Contact your doctor or health care professional if you are still experiencing side effects after several days.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

This medicine may cause dry eyes and blurred vision. If you wear contact lenses you may feel some discomfort. Lubricating drops may help. See your eye doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

Avoid extreme heat (e.g., hot tubs, saunas). This medicine can cause you to sweat less than normal. Your body temperature could increase to dangerous levels, which may lead to heat stroke.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • anxiety, nervousness
  • breathing problems
  • change in vision
  • confusion
  • fast or slow heartbeat
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • hallucinations
  • loss of memory
  • pain or trouble passing urine
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • slurred speech
  • unusually weak or tired
  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation
  • nausea

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: March 11, 2009
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