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Brand name: Atropine Sulfate (Fawns & McAllan) TM

Active ingredients: atropine sulfate

What it is used for

For the treatment of muscarinic toxicity resulting from exposure to anticholinesterase compounds (e.g. organophosphate pesticides). Atropine tablets are not as effective as I.V. Atropine, which is almost always required for significant organophosphate poisoning. However atropine tablets are of value when medical assistance is not readily available, and is indicated as a short term antidote pending access to professional medical treatment. Atropine tablets are not recommended for prophylaxis for pesticide poisoning. Atropine does not prevent pesticide poisoning; attempts to use atropine tablets for this purpose have lead to several cases of mild atropine poisoning as well as chronic organophosphate poisoning.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Oral. This medicine is taken by mouth.

  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

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

Plain white round biconvex tablet, uncoated radius of curvature 21/64" diameter 9/32"

Food interactions

For the active ingredient atropine sulfate

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Take with food.

Do I need a prescription?

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

  • 100 tablets pack

We are unable to tell you if you need a prescription for these medicines. You can ask your pharmacist. This medicine is Not Scheduled.

  • 100 tablets (E) pack

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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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