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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
(Referred to as Atropine Injection in this leaflet)
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
• If you have any further questions, please ask your doctor or nurse
• If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or nurse.
1. What Atropine Injection is and what it is used for
2. Before Atropine Injection is given
3. How Atropine Injection is given
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Atropine Injection
6. Further information
This leaflet contains a summary of the information available for this medicine. You should ask your doctor or nurse if you are unsure about any aspect of this medicine.
Atropine belongs to a group of medicines called antimuscarinics. These medicines are often used in anaesthesia to reduce the flow of saliva and other body fluids. Atropine may also act on the vagus nerve (a nerve that sends information from the brain to other parts of the body). This helps to make the heart beat faster.
Atropine Injection is used to raise the heart rate if it has become too slow after a heart attack or to restart the heart.
Atropine Injection is also used to treat pesticide and mushroom poisoning and can be used as an antidote for overdose of cholinesterase inhibitors (a type of medicine usually used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease).
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to Atropine Sulphate or any of the other ingredients of the injection listed in Section 6 of this leaflet
• you have problems with your prostate, often indicated by difficulty passing urine, particularly in elderly men
• you have glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
• you have difficulty having bowel movements because you have paralysis of the bowel (paralytic ileus)
• you have a condition called pyloric stenosis which means that it is difficult for food to move from your stomach into the small intestine and which causes pain or vomiting
• you have a muscle weakening disease known as myasthenia gravis
• you have an inflamed gut with symptoms of blood and mucus in the faeces.
Please tell your doctor or nurse if you are taking, or have recently taken, any other medicines including medicines obtained without prescription.
Other medicines which may interact with Atropine Injection are:
• medicines used to treat allergies (antihistamines)
• medicines used to treat depression (SSRIs and tricyclic antidepressants) such as paroxetine
• medicines used to treat severe depression known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
• medicines used to treat schizophrenia and other mental disorders (phenothiazines) such as haloperidol and clozapine
• medicines used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease such as amantidine and levodopa
• medicines used to stabilise the heart beat e.g. disopyramide, mexilitine and digoxin
• nefopam, a pain killer
• medicines used to treat fungal infections such as itraconazole and ketoconazole
• medicines that are designed to be placed under the tongue e.g. sublingual nitrates
• medicines used to treat bacterial infections (antibiotics) such as erythromycin and clarithromycin
• medicines used to treat HIV such as ritonavir and atazanavir
• medicines used to treat high blood pressure (calcium channel blockers) such as verapamil
• medicines used to treat feeling or being sick such as domperidone and metoclopramide
• ciclosporin, a medicine used to prevent rejection after an organ transplant and to treat certain skin conditions
• memantine, a medicine used to treat Alzheimer's disease
• medicines used to treat the muscle disorder myasthenia gravis and to reverse the effects of an anaesthetic such as neostigmine, edrophonium chloride and pyridostigmine bromide
• pilocarpine, a medicine used to treat raised pressure in the eye (glaucoma)
• medicines used to treat difficulty passing urine such as bethanechol chloride and distigmine bromide
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant before you are given this medicine.
Atropine Injection may affect your vision or your mood (you might become excited or delirious or become confused). If you feel at all unwell you should not drive or use machinery.
You are advised not to drink alcohol during your treatment with this medicine.
• you have a fever
• you have diarrhoea
• you have problems passing urine
• you have thyroid problems
• you have a heart disorder or high blood pressure
• you have acid reflux with heartburn (gastro-oesophageal reflux)
• you have Down's Syndrome
• you have had a heart attack or heart failure
• you suffer from an overactive thyroid
• you have had heart surgery
Special care will be taken when giving this medicine to children and the elderly and when the weather is hot as this can affect how Atropine Injection works.
If any of the above applies to you, please tell your doctor.
This medicine is an injection which will be given to you by a doctor. Your doctor will determine the dose you require. It will be given under the skin, into a vein or into a muscle.
As treatment to restart the heart:
• 3mg (in 10ml) into a vein.
As an antidote to cholinesterase inhibitors:
• 2mg into a vein or muscle
• repeated every 5-10 minuites until symptoms are reversed.
As treatment for pesticide and mushroom poisoning:
• 2mg into a vein or muscle
• Repeated every 10-30 minuites until symptoms are reversed.
As treatment to increase heart rate:
• 0.3mg increasing to 1mg if necessary.
This medicine is not recommended for children under 12.
This medicine is given to you by your doctor so it is unlikely you will receive too much. Your doctor has information on how to recognise and treat an overdose. If you are concerned about your treatment, please talk to your doctor.
Like all medicines Atropine Injection can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If any of the following symptoms occur tell your doctor or nurse immediately. These are symptoms of a serious allergic reaction.
• sudden wheeziness and tightness of chest
• swelling of eyelids, face or lips
• skin lumps or hives
• skin rash (red spots), itchiness, fever
Other possible side effects include:
• dilated pupils and sensitivity to light
• blurred vision or difficulty focusing
• hot flush
• dry skin
• dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, thirst
• a dry cough
• fast, slow or irregular heart beat (arrhythmias)
• difficulty passing urine
Rare side effects include:
• a feeling of confusion, particularly if you are elderly
• a rash
• being sick
• feeling giddy
• raised pressure in the eye (angle closure glaucoma).
If any of these side effects get serious, or you notice any other side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or nurse.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
You should not be given this medicine if it has passed the expiry date shown on the ampoule label. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. The doctor or nurse will check that the product has not passed this date.
Store below 25°C. Protect from light.
The active ingredient is Atropine Sulphate 0.03% w/v.
The other ingredients are water for injections, sulphuric acid and nitrogen.
Atropine Injection is a clear, colourless solution supplied in 10ml ampoules.
Aurum Pharmaceuticals, Bampton Road, Harold Hill, Romford, RM3 8UG, UK.
Product Licence Number: PL 12064/0014 Date of revision: September 2008
If you would like more information, or would like the leaflet in a different format, please contact Medical Information at the above address.
Bampton Road, Harold Hill, Romford RM3 8UG, United Kingdom