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Brand name: Atropine Sulfate (AstraZeneca) TM

Active ingredients: atropine sulfate monohydrate

What it is used for

INDICATIONS AS AT 30 SEPTEMBER 2003 : Surgery: Atropine may be given as a pre-anaesthetic medication to inhibit excessive salivary and bronchial secretions and to diminish the risk of vagal inhibition of the heart. The use of atropine as an antisialogogue is rarely necessary since the introduction of halothane and similar anaesthetics in place of ether anaesthesia. After surgery atropine may also be administered concurrently with anticholinesterase agents (e.g. neostigmine, physostigmine) when used to terminate curarisation to counteract the adverse muscarinic effects of these drugs. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation: Atropine may be used during cardiopulmonary resuscitation to treat sinus bradycardia and associated hypotension, and increased ventricular irritability. Anticholinesterase Poisoning: Atropine sulfate is also used in the treatment of sinus bradycardia induced by organophosphate pesticides, Amanita muscaria mushrooms or other compounds with anticholinesterase activity. A cholinesterase reactivator, e.g. pralidoxime iodide, may be given concurrently.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Subcutaneous
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Lifetime is 18 Months.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Clear, colourless, particle-free solution.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Over 65?

This medicine contains the active ingredients:

If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient atropine sulfate monohydrate

This medicine is generally considered safe during pregnancy if taken as directed. During pregnancy, you should discuss your medicine use with your doctor or pharmacist.

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