Atropine and Pralidoxime
Generic Name: Atropine and Pralidoxime (A troe peen & pra li DOKS eem)
Brand Name: ATNAA, Duodote
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 26, 2020.
Uses of Atropine and Pralidoxime:
- It is used to treat poisoning from nerve gas or chemicals that kill insects.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Atropine and Pralidoxime?
- If you have an allergy to atropine, pralidoxime, or any other part of atropine and pralidoxime.
- If you are allergic to atropine and pralidoxime; any part of atropine and pralidoxime; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take atropine and pralidoxime with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Atropine and Pralidoxime?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take atropine and pralidoxime. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Be careful in hot weather or while being active. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
- If atropine and pralidoxime is taken by accident, get medical help right away.
- If you are 65 or older, use atropine and pralidoxime with care. You could have more side effects.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using atropine and pralidoxime while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Atropine and Pralidoxime) best taken?
Use atropine and pralidoxime as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as a shot into a muscle.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
- Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Feeling confused.
- Trouble passing urine.
- Lowered interest in sex.
- Not able to get or keep an erection.
- Fast breathing.
- Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
- Not sweating during activities or in warm temperatures.
- Swelling of belly.
- Trouble swallowing.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Very bad constipation.
- Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
What are some other side effects of Atropine and Pralidoxime?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Irritation where the shot is given.
- Dry mouth.
- Dry skin.
- Dry eyes.
- Blurred eyesight.
- If bright lights bother your eyes.
- Belly pain.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Feeling sleepy.
- Muscle weakness.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Atropine and Pralidoxime?
- If you need to store atropine and pralidoxime at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about atropine and pralidoxime, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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