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Atropine eye ointment
What is this medicine?
ATROPINE (A troe peen) can dilate your pupils before examinations and can treat different eye problems.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Try not to touch the tip of the tube to anything, even your eye or fingertips. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Squeeze the end of the tube to apply a thin layer of the ointment to the inside of the lower eyelid. Close the eye gently to spread the ointment. Your vision may blur for a few minutes. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
decrease in blood pressure
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
eye irritation, swelling of the eyelids
increased sensitivity of the eyes to sun or ultraviolet light
What may interact with this medicine?
Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without asking your doctor or health care professional.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to atropine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Side effects may occur even though you are no longer using this medicine. Contact your doctor or health care professional if you are still getting side effects after several days.
You may get blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that requires mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you.
Stay out of bright light and wear sunglasses if this medicine makes your eyes more sensitive to light.