Atropine eye drops

Dosage form: ophthalmic solution
Drug class: Mydriatics

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Atropine eye drops

Atropine eye drops
Atropine eye drops

Atropine eye drops are used for a variety of diseases of eye. They are used before eye tests, before and after eye surgery, and to treat certain eye conditions, such as uveitis or posterior synechiae.

These medicines are only available through your doctor’s prescription.

Before using Atropine eye drops

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reactions in this group or any other medication. Also tell your healthcare professional if you have any other allergies to certain things, such as food dyes, preservatives, or pets. For unauthorized products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatricians

Infants and toddlers and children with white hair or blue eyes may be particularly sensitive to the effects of atropine, homatropine, or scopolamine. This may increase the risk of side effects during treatment. Children should use the low potency of this medicine.

Geriatric

Older people are more sensitive to the effects of atropine, homatropine, or scopolamine. This may increase the risk of side effects during treatment.

Pregnancy

Studies on the effects of pregnancy are not performed on humans or animals. However, these drugs may enter the body.

Breastfeeding

These medicines may be absorbed into the body. Atropine passes into breast milk in very small amounts and can cause side effects, such as rapid heartbeat, fever, or dry skin, in children of nursing mothers who use ophthalmic atropine. It is not known whether homatropine or scopolamine passes into breast milk. Although most drugs enter breast milk in small amounts, most of them can be safely used while breastfeeding. Mothers who are taking one of these medications and who wish to breastfeed should discuss this with their doctor.

Interaction with Drugs

Although some drugs may not be used together at all, in some cases two different drugs may be used together even when contact is possible. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautionary measures may be required. If you are taking any of these medications, it is very important that your healthcare professional knows if you are taking any of the medications listed below. The following interactions are selected on the basis of your possible value and do not cover everything.

Using medication in this class and any of the following medications is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to prescribe medication for this class or change some of your medication.

Using medication in this class and any of the following medications is generally not recommended, but may be necessary in some cases. If both drugs are prescribed together, your doctor may adjust the dosage or the frequency with which you use one or both drugs.

Interaction with food / tobacco / alcohol

Certain medications should not be used during or during meals or eating certain types of foods as there may be side effects. The use of alcohol or tobacco and certain drugs may cause some interactions. Talk to your healthcare professional about using your medicine and diet, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other health problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of medication in this class. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any medical problems, especially:

Proper use of Atropine eye drops

This section provides information on the proper use of a number of products containing atropine, homatropine, and scopolamine. It may not be specific to Atropine. Please read carefully.

Using Atropine eye drops of this medicine:

Using this ointment form:

Use this medication only as directed. Do not use more and do not use more often than your doctor advised. Doing so may increase the likelihood that more drugs will be absorbed into the body and the risk of side effects. This is especially important when the drug is used in infants and toddlers, as overdose is very dangerous for infants and toddlers.

Dosing

Dosage in this class will vary from patient to patient. Follow your doctor’s instructions or directions. The following information covers only the average doses of these drugs. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to.

The amount of medicine you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical condition you are taking.

Atropine

In the form of the ophthalmic oil dose:
With uveitis:
Adults — Apply a small amount of eye oil once or twice a day.
Children — Apply a small amount of eye ointment three times a day.
Eye Exam:
Adults — Use and dosage should be determined by your doctor.
Children — Apply a small amount of eye ointment three times a day for one to three days before the test.

For ophthalmic solution (eye drops) dose form:

With uveitis:

Eye Exam:

For ophthalmic solution (Atropine eye drops) dose form:

With uveitis:
Adults and children — Use 1 or 2 drops in the eye two or three times a day.
Eye Exam:
Adults — Apply one or two drops to the eye. It can be repeated every five to ten minutes in two or three doses.
Children — Apply one or two drops in the eye every 10 minutes for two or three doses.
To get scopolamine

For ophthalmic solution (Atropine eye drops) dose form:

With uveitis:
Adults and Children — Apply one eye drops four times a day.
Eye Exam:
Adults — Apply one eye drop one hour before the test.
Children — Apply one eye drop twice a day for two days before the test.
The posterior synechiae:
Adults — Apply one eye drop every 10 minutes for three doses.
Children-Use and dosage should be determined by your doctor.
Use before and after surgery:
Adults and Children — Use one eye four to four times a day.

You missed a dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, when the time for your next dose is approaching, skip the missed dose and return to your regular dosing program. Do not use double doses.

If you miss a dose of this medicine and your dose regimen says:

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store the medicine in a sealed container at room temperature, away from heat, humidity, and direct light. Keep it frozen.

Do not store old medicines or medicines that are no longer needed.

Cautionary measures while using Atropine eye drops

After putting this medicine in your eyes:

These side effects may continue for a few days after you stop taking the drug. However, check with your doctor if it lasts longer than:

Side effects of Atropine eye drops

Along with its desired side effects, the drug may cause some unwanted side effects. While not all of these side effects are possible, they may require medical attention if they do occur.

See your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Symptoms of most drugs are absorbed by the body

Some side effects may occur frequently that does not require attention. These side effects may disappear during treatment as your body becomes accustomed to the drug. Also, your healthcare professional may be able to tell you ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Ask your healthcare professional if any of the following side effects persist or worry you or if you have any questions about it:

Some side effects that are not listed may occur in some patients. If you notice any other side effects, consult your healthcare professional.

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