Advertisement

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.

Continue Learning about Gastrointestinal Agent

Who should not take proton pump inhibitors?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Proton pump inhibitors may not be good options for women who are pregnant, may be pregnant, or plann...
More Answers
What can I do if I have EPI and forget to take my enzyme replacement?
Jumo HealthJumo Health
If you have exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) and forget to take your enzyme replacement, take...
More Answers
What are enzyme replacements?
Jumo HealthJumo Health
Enzyme replacements are supplements used to treat exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). They come...
More Answers
How safe are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
Talking about a drug being “safe” is relative. Generally, no drug should be taken continuously witho...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.