Generic Name: atropine (AT-row-peen)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.
Atropine ointment is used for:
Widening (dilating) the pupils for an eye exam or to treat certain inflammatory conditions of the eye. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Atropine ointment is an anticholinergic agent. It works by blocking the chemical acetylcholine, which relaxes the ciliary muscle of the eye and causes the pupil to dilate.
Do NOT use atropine ointment if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in atropine ointment
- you have glaucoma or are at risk for glaucoma
- you have ever had a severe reaction to atropine
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using atropine ointment:
Some medical conditions may interact with atropine ointment. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have numbness due to nerve damage, a blockage of the bladder, prostate problems, or difficulty urinating
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with atropine ointment. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Antihistamines (eg, diphenhydramine), medicine for Parkinson disease (eg, benztropine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because they may increase the risk of atropine ointment's side effects
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if atropine ointment may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use atropine ointment:
Use atropine ointment as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- To use atropine ointment in the eye, first, wash your hands. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from your eye to form a pouch. Squeeze a thin strip of ointment into the pouch. After using atropine ointment, gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. Wipe the applicator tip with a clean, dry tissue.
- To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
- If you miss a dose of atropine ointment, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use atropine ointment.
Important safety information:
- Atropine ointment may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Atropine ointment may cause blurred vision. Use atropine ointment with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Atropine ointment may make your eyes more sensitive to sunlight. It may help to wear sunglasses.
- Lab tests, including eye exams, may be performed while you use atropine ointment. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Atropine ointment should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using atropine ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if atropine ointment is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use atropine ointment, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of atropine ointment:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Blurred vision; eye itching, burning, or stinging; irritation at the application site.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); difficulty urinating; dry mouth; eye pain; fever; flushing or dryness of the skin; irregular or rapid heartbeat; unsteadiness on your feet.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of atropine ointment:
Store atropine ointment at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep atropine ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about atropine ointment, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Atropine ointment is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take atropine ointment or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about atropine ointment. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to atropine ointment. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using atropine ointment.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.