Children's Health and Wellness

Atropine Sulfate Eye drops, solution

What is this medicine?

ATROPINE (A troe peen) can dilate your pupils before examinations and can treat different eye problems.

How should I use this medicine?

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.

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

  • breathing problems

  • 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

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What if I miss a dose?

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.

Where should I keep my medicine?

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.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • glaucoma

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to atropine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

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 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.

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