Atropine is a liquid medication that comes in the form of eye drops. A healthcare provider will use this medication to dilate your pupils before an eye examination. It can also treat certain eye conditions.
ATROPINE (A troe peen) can dilate your pupils before examinations and can treat different eye problems.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Atropine Care, Atropisol, Isopto Atropine
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
•an unusual or allergic reaction to atropine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
•pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This medicine is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt your head back and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Squeeze the required number of drops into the pouch. Do not blink for 30 seconds. Close your eye gently to spread the drops. Do not touch your eye or surrounding tissue with the eye dropper. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without asking your doctor or health care professional.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your 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 getting side effects after several days.
You may get blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that requires mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you.
Stay out of bright light and wear sunglasses if this medicine makes your eyes more sensitive to light.
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
•decrease in blood pressure
•feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
•eye irritation, swelling of the eyelids
•increased sensitivity of the eyes to sun or ultraviolet light
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store between 8 and 27 degrees C (46 and 80 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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