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Brand name: Atropine Sulfate (AstraZeneca) TM

Active ingredients: atropine sulfate

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

The way to take this medicine is: Subcutaneous. This medicine is injected, usually with a short needle or pen-like device, into the fat just beneath the skin.

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 18 Months.

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

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

Visual appearance

Clear, colourless, particle-free solution.

Food interactions

For the active ingredient atropine sulfate

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Take with food.

Do I need a prescription?

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

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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