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What should I know about AtroPen before receiving it?

You should know that AtroPen (atropine) is administered by trained personnel as a first line of treatment in organophosphorus nerve agent or insecticide poisoning. Nerve agent poisoning can be very life-threatening and should be treated immediately. Proper hospitalization for additional care should be sought afterward. It is recommended that AtroPen be readily available to people at risk for nerve agent poisoning. You should make sure that your doctor is informed of your entire medical history before treatment with atropine. This should include which medications you are currently taking or intend to take.

Your doctor should also be informed if you have heart problems, narrow-angle glaucoma, kidney or lung disease, prostate hypertrophy or a blockage in the intestines or stomach. This medication should only be used during pregnancy when it is desperately needed. You should not breastfeed while on this medication without discussing the matter with your doctor. Atropine can cause dizziness or drowsiness, so you should be careful when driving or operating heavy machinery. Also, avoid alcoholic drinks as this may increase these side effects.

Atropine may cause a decrease in sweating. You should try not to become overheated by being in a hot environment or doing any heavy exercise while on this medication. Children are especially sensitive to atropine, so caution should be used in this case. Before receiving atropine, you need know that it can cause an allergic reaction.

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