Isopto Atropine (Atropine Sulfate)
Isopto Atroprine (Atropine Sulfate) Dosage and Side Effects
ISOPTO ATROPINE (for the eye) is used to dilate your pupils when you have an inflammatory condition or in post surgery situations in which this effect may be helpful. ISOPTO ATROPINE is also used in people with a condition called amblyopia (sometimes called "lazy eye").
Warnings and Precautions
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to atropine. You should not use the ointment form of this medicine if you have glaucoma.
To make sure ISOPTO ATROPINE is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- high blood pressure;
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
ISOPTO ATROPINE can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 3 months old.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Although the risk of serious side effects is low when atropine is used in the eyes, side effects can occur if the medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream.
Children can absorb larger amounts of the medicine and may be more likely to have side effects.
Call a doctor at once if the person using ISOPTO ATROPINE has:
- severe burning or stinging of the eyes;
- severe eye redness or irritation;
- fast heart rate, restlessness or irritability;
- flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling); or
- increased blood pressure--severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears, nosebleed, anxiety.
This medicine will cause blurred vision that could last up to 2 weeks. This may impair your reactions while driving or doing anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.
Common side effects may include:
- mild stinging or pain when the drops are placed into your eye;
- mild eye pain;
- dry mouth, nose, or throat;
- puffy or watery eyes;
- blurred vision; or
- your eyes may be more sensitive to light.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Interactions with this medication
Do not use atropine eye drops while wearing contact lenses. The medicine may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using the eye drops before putting in your contact lenses.
ISOPTO ATROPINE may make your eyes more sensitive to light. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes whenever you are outdoors or in bright light.
Do not use other eye medications unless your doctor tells you to.
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
- an MAO inhibitor--isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.
Although it is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on atropine used in the eyes, many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Proper Use of this medication
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Wash your hands before using eye medication.
To apply the eye drops:
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper and squeeze out a drop.
- Close your eyes for 2 or 3 minutes with your head tipped down, without blinking or squinting. Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye for about 1 minute, to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
- Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed. If you use more than one drop, wait about 5 minutes between drops.
- Wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops your doctor has prescribed.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.
To apply the ointment:
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the ointment tube with the tip pointing toward this pocket. Look up and away from the tip.
- Squeeze out a ribbon of ointment into the lower eyelid pocket without touching the tip of the tube to your eye. Blink your eye gently and then keep it closed for 1 or 2 minutes.
- Use a tissue to wipe excess ointment from your eyelashes.
- After opening your eyes, you may have blurred vision for a short time. Avoid driving or doing anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.
Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or ointment tube or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper or tube tip can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle or tube tightly closed when not in use.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line if you have used too much ISOPTO ATROPINE, or if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.