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Package leaflet: Information for the user

1 mg/5 ml

102905 XX/16

Solution for injection in pre-filled syringe
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this
medicine because it contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on
to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the
same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
See section 4.
The name of this medicinal product is Atropine sulfate 1 mg/5 ml
solution for injection in pre-filled syringe, but will be referred as
ATROPINE SULFATE throughout the whole leaflet.

What is in this leaflet:

1. What ATROPINE SULFATE is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use ATROPINE SULFATE
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store ATROPINE SULFATE
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What ATROPINE SULFATE is and what it is used for
Atropine belongs to a group of medicines known as anticholinergics.
An anticholinergic is a substance that blocks the neurotransmitter
acetylcholine in the central and peripheral nervous system.
It is used in emergency situations when the heart beats too slowly,
as an antidote to for example organophosphate insecticide or nerve
gas poisoning and in mushroom poisoning. It can be used as part of
the premedication before general anaesthesia. It can also be used
to prevent side effects of other drugs which are used to reverse the
effects of muscle relaxants after surgery.
ATROPINE SULFATE 1 mg/5 ml solution for injection in pre-filled
syringe is used to treat adults only.

2. What you need to know before you use ATROPINE
Do not use ATROPINE SULFATE if you:

• are allergic (hypersensitive) to atropine or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
• have urinary difficulties,
• have elevated pressure in your eye (glaucoma),
• have oesophagus disease (achalasia of oesophagus), a blockage
in your intestine (paralytic ileus), or acute form of colonic distension
(toxic megacolon).
These contraindications do not apply in case of life-threatening

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor before using ATROPINE SULFATE if you have:
• hyperthyroidism,
• prostatic disease,
• heart failure,
• liver or kidney disease,
• some cardiac diseases,

• stomach disease, such as pyloric narrowing,
• chronic bronchitis,
• fever,
• myasthenia gravis (severe muscle weakness),
• heartburn (reflux),
• Or if you are elderly.

Other medicines and ATROPINE SULFATE

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or
might take any other medicines:
• tricyclic antidepressants,
• some antihistamines,
• medicines for Parkinson’s disease,
• phenothiazine, clozapine or neuroleptic drugs (for mental illness),
• quinidine or disopyramide (for heart disease),
• antispasmodic medications (for irritable bowel syndrome).

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Limited data from the use of atropine in pregnant women indicate no
adverse effects on pregnancy or on the health of the fetus. Atropine
crosses the placenta. Intravenous administration of atropine during
pregnancy or at term may cause a faster heart rate in the fetus
and the mother. This medicine should only be administered during
pregnancy after careful consideration of the benefits and risks of the
Small amounts of atropine may pass into breast milk and may have
effects on the infant. Atropine may inhibit the production of breast
milk. Your doctor will consider the benefit of breast-feeding against
the benefit of the treatment. Breast-feeding should be discontinued
if the decision to use the treatment is maintained. However, if it is
decided during treatment to continue breast-feeding, your doctor will
perform extra examinations on the infant.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or
are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Atropine injection may cause confusion or blurred vision. You should
not drive or operate machinery after receiving an injection.

ATROPINE SULFATE contains sodium

This medicinal product contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per
syringe, i.e. essentially «sodium-free.»


Your doctor will decide the correct dosage for you and how and when
the injection will be given.
The usual dosages are:
As premedication before anaesthesia
Adults: 0.3-0.6 mg IV just before induction of anaesthesia or 0.3-0.6 mg IM,
30 to 60 minutes before the anaesthesia.
To reverse effects of muscle relaxants
Adults: 0.6-1.2 mg intravenously (IV) with neostigmine.
In low heartbeat, heart block or cardiac arrest
• Sinus bradycardia (low heartbeat): 0.5 mg IV, every 2-5 minutes
until the desired heart rate is achieved.
• AV block (Block the transmission of the contraction between the
atrium and the ventricle): 0.5 mg IV, every 3-5 minutes (maximum
3 mg)

The following information is intended for healthcare professionals only:

Safety information:

ATROPINE SULFATE 1 mg/5 ml, solution for injection in pre-filled syringe

Atropine must be used solely by or under the supervision of the anaesthetist.
For injection use.


This medicinal product must not be mixed with other medicinal products.


Pre-anaesthetic medication
Intravenous administration immediately before surgery; if necessary an intramuscular administration 30-60 minutes before surgery is possible.
0.3 – 0.6 mg IV (1.5 – 3 ml)
In association with neostigmine to limit its muscarinic effects:
0.6-1.2 mg IV (3 to 6 ml)
Treatment of haemodynamically compromising bradycardia, atrioventricular block, cardiopulmonary resuscitation:
Sinus bradycardia: 0.5 mg IV (2.5 ml), every 2-5 minutes until the desired heart rate is achieved.
AV block: 0.5 mg IV (2.5 ml), every 3-5 minutes (maximum 3 mg)
As an antidote to organophosphates (pesticides, nerve gases), to cholinesterase inhibitors and in muscarinic mushroom poisoning:
Intravenous use.
0.5 - 2 mg atropine sulfate (2.5 - 10 ml), can be repeated after 5 minutes and subsequently every 10-15 minutes as required, until signs and
symptoms disappear (this dose may be exceeded many times).
Dose adjustments
In general, dosage should be adjusted according to patient’s response and tolerance.
Dosage to a total maximum dose of 3 mg in adults is usually increased until adverse effects become intolerable; then a slight reduction in
dosage generally yields the maximum dosage tolerated by the patient.
Caution is advised for patients with renal or hepatic impairment and in elderly.
The pre-filled syringe is not adapted to the administration in paediatric population; the graduation does not permit accurate measurement.


Flushing and dryness of the skin, dilated pupils with photophobia, dry mouth and tongue accompanied by a burning sensation, difficulty in
swallowing, tachycardia, rapid respiration, hyperpyrexia, nausea, vomiting, hypertension, rash and excitement. Symptoms of CNS stimulation
include restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, paranoid and psychotic reactions, incoordination, delirium and occasionally convulsions.
In severe overdose, drowsiness, stupor and CNS depression may occur with coma, circulatory and respiratory failure and death.
Treatment should be supportive. An adequate airway should be maintained. Diazepam may be administered to control excitement and
convulsions but the risk of CNS depression should be considered.


As an antidote to organophosphorus poisoning (insecticides, or nerve
gas), to anticholinesterases and in muscarinic mushroom poisoning:
Adults: 0.5-2 mg depending on the patient’s features and response,
can be repeated after 5 minutes and subsequently as required.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
This injection will be given to you by a doctor or nurse, it is unlikely
that you will be given too much atropine. If you think you have been
given too much atropine, you feel your heart beating very fast,
you are breathing quickly, have a high temperature, feel restless,
confused, have hallucinations, or lose co-ordination you must tell the
person giving you the injection.

• chest pain,
• spike in blood pressure.
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
• headache,
• restlessness,
• unsteady walking and balance problems,
• sleeplessness.

4. Possible side effects

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By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
The side effects depend on the dose you are given and usually
disappear when the treatment is discontinued.
Rarely an allergic reaction may develop. This may cause skin rashes,
severe itching, peeling of the skin, swelling of the face (especially
around the lips and eyes), tightening of the throat and difficulty
breathing or swallowing, fever, dehydration, shock and fainting. These
are all very serious side effects. Tell your doctor immediately if you
experience any of these side effects. You may need urgent medical
Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
• v isual disturbances (widening of the pupils, difficulty focussing,
blurred vision, inability to tolerate light),
• reduced bronchial secretion,
• dry mouth (difficulty in swallowing and talking, feeling thirsty),
• constipation and heartburn (reflux),
• reduced secretion of gastric acid,
• loss of taste,
• nausea,
• vomiting,
• bloated feeling,
• lack of sweating,
• skin dryness,
• hives,
• rash.
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• excitement (especially with higher dosages),
• loss of coordination (especially with higher dosages),
• confusion (especially with higher dosages),
• hallucinations (especially with higher dosages),
• overheated body,
• c ertain heart conditions (rapid heart beat, irregular heart beat,
temporary further slowing down of heart beat),
• flushing,
• difficulty in passing urine.
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• psychotic reactions.
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• allergic reactions,
• fits (seizures),
• drowsiness.
Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
• severe hypersensitivity reaction,
• irregular heart beat, including ventricular fibrillation,

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can
also report side effects directly via the national reporting system:

United Kingdom

5. How to store ATROPINE SULFATE

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the
carton, the syringe and blister. The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
This medicinal product does not require any special storage
Do not use this medicine if you notice visible signs of deterioration.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no
longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information

- The active substance is atropine sulfate:
Each ml of solution for injection contains 0.2 mg atropine sulfate
monohydrate, equivalent to 0.17 mg atropine
Each 5 ml syringe contains 1 mg atropine sulfate monohydrate,
equivalent to 0.83 mg atropine.,
- The other ingredients are: sodium chloride, concentrated
hydrochloric acid (for pH adjustment), water for injections.

What ATROPINE SULFATE looks like and contents of the

This medicinal product is a clear and colourless solution for injection
in a sterile 5 ml polypropylene pre-filled syringe.
Boxes of 1, 5, 10, 12 and 20 syringes.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Laboratoire AGUETTANT
1, rue Alexander Fleming
69007 LYON


AGUETTANT LTD. N°1, Farleigh House
Flax Bourton - Bristol BS48 1UR UNITED KINGDOM

This leaflet was last revised in 05/2016.

Detailed information on this medicinal product is available on the
web site of Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Instructions for use:
Be careful to strictly respect the protocol for the use of the syringe.
The pre-filled syringe is for single patient only. Discard syringe after use. DO NOT REUSE.
The content of un-opened and un-damaged blister is sterile, and must not be opened until use.
The product should be inspected visually for particles and discolouration prior to administration. Only clear colourless solution free from
particles or precipitates should be used.
The product should not be used if the tamper evident seal on syringe (plastic cover to the end cap) is broken.
The external surface of syringe is sterile until blister is opened.
1) Withdraw the pre-filled syringe from the sterile blister.


2) Push on the plunger to free the bung.

4) Check the syringe seal (plastic cover to
the end cap and seal under end cap) has
been completely removed. If not, replace
the cap and twist again.

3) Twist off the end cap to break the seals.

5) Expel the air by gently pushing the

6) Connect the syringe to vascular access device or needle. Push the plunger to inject the required volume.
The needle gauge appropriate for use with the syringe are 23 to 20 gauge for IV administration and 23 to 21 gauge for IM administration.
Any unused product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

Storage and Shelf life:
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions
Unopened blister pack: 3 years


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