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Dr. Michael Davidson
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Atropine (Overview)

Atropine is a rhythm control agent which is a kind of cardiovascular drug.


Dr. Michael Davidson
280 doctors shared insights

Atropine (Overview)

Atropine is a rhythm control agent which is a kind of cardiovascular drug.


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What are the side effects of atropine if taken an overdose?

Anticholinergic: Atropine overdose leads to anticholinergic symptoms, like dry mouth, urinary retention, constipation, decreased bowel sounds, flushing or reddening of the skin, fever and disorientation. ...Read more

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Dr. Prescribed several eye drops including atropine for pain caused by increased eye pressure but i've heard atropine is not good for glaucoma.

Dr. Prescribed several eye drops including atropine for pain caused by increased eye pressure but i've heard atropine is not good for glaucoma.

Different type: Glaucoma of the classic type (open angle) requires medication and sometimes surgery. Glaucoma termed "acute" is due to an anatomical issue in the eye which can be precipitated by pupillary dilators such as atropine. Your eye doctor has no doubt ruled this out as a possibility so that Atropine in your case would be safe to use. ...Read more

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How long can pupil dilatation lasts in patients who have used the atropine eye drops?

How long can pupil dilatation lasts in patients who have used the atropine eye drops?

Up to 2 weeks: Atropine can cause pupillary dilation for up to 2 weeks. Eye drops typically used during examination have a shorter duration of effect lasting for a few to several hours depending on the exact drug and concentration used and individual responses to the drug ...Read more

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How does atropine work on your eyes?

How does atropine work on your eyes?

Dilates & relaxes it: Atropine is a long-acting drop that temporarily both dilates the pupil and paralyzes the focusing muscle. Its effect can last a week or more. It is used in inflammatory conditions of the eye, like uveitis, to increase comfort and promote healing. With great care it is also used to assist in determining the need for glasses in children. Children with crossed eyes are often examined after using it. ...Read more

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Are there any risks of getting atropine in my eyes?

Are there any risks of getting atropine in my eyes?

Atropine in eye: Atropine drops paralyze the the muscles in the eye that help with focusing the eye. Atropine will prevent these muscles from working and also cause the pupil to dilate. The result will be blurred vision and sensitivity to light. The effect of Atropine can last up to a couple of weeks. Atropine is toxic and should be kept away from small infants and children and pets. ...Read more

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How long the effect of pupil dilatation lasts if atropine drops?

Days to weeks: Atropine is the longest acting of the dilating drops and the effects can last up to two weeks. In addition to dilating the pupil it can cause blurred near vision. This will all go away once the drop wears off. ...Read more

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How long will it take for the atropine to wear off and my pupils to shrink back to normal size?

How long will it take for the atropine to wear off and my pupils to shrink back to normal size?

Atropine for eyes: The duration of action for Atropine can last up to two weeks. If vision is blurred, protect eyes from bright light & do not drive or operate dangerous machinery until the atropine's effects have worn off. Many eye docs do not use Atropine because of this long duration of action. ...Read more

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Atropine dialating eye drops. I had 3 drops put in each eye from eye doc. Was that too much? & i also think i may have had a drop fall into mouth?

Atropine dialating eye drops. I had 3 drops put in each eye from eye doc. Was that too much? & i also think i may have had a drop fall into mouth?

Are you sure?: Atropine is rarely used as a dilating agent for eye exams. It lasts for days with a single drop. Call the eye doctor to determine what drop was used and to discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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Who should not use atropine injections?

Who should not use atropine injections?

Atropine injections: "Conditions in which inhibition of postganglionic cholinergic nerves are undesirable, such as glaucoma and tachycardia. Also contraindicated in asthma, because the parenteral dose which might relieve asthma would have an excessive drying effect upon mucous plugs in the bronchi. Prostatic hypertrophy, while not a contraindication, requires special attention to signs of urinary retention." See: ...Read more