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Why is this medication prescribed?
Atropine is used before eye examinations to dilate (open) the pupil, the black part of the eye through which you see. It also is used to relieve pain caused by swelling and inflammation of the eye.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Atropine comes as eyedrops and eye ointment. The drops are usually applied 2 to 4 times a day. the ointment usually is applied 1 to 3 times a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use atropine exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
To use the eyedrops, follow these instructions:
To use the eye ointment, follow these instructions:
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using atropine eyedrops or eye ointment,
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Apply the eyedrops or eye ointment as soon as you remember the missed dose. Use any remaining doses for that day at evenly spaced intervals. However, if you remember a missed dose at the time the next one is due, use only the regularly scheduled dose. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from atropine are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor. Your doctor will order certain eye tests to check your response to atropine.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT