Isopto Atropine (Atropine Sulfate) is a prescription medication used to treat eye conditions like uveitis. Uveitis is inflammation inside the eye. This condition occurs when the immune system is fighting an infection, but it can also happen when the immune system is attacking healthy tissue in your eyes. The drug is also used in adults and children at least 3 months old to dilate the pupil before an eye exam or surgery. Isopto Atropine is also used to treat amblyopia, known as “lazy eye.” Amblyopia is reduced vision in one eye caused by abnormal visual development in early life. The active ingredient in Isopto Atropine is Atropine Sulfate. Atropine Sulfate belongs to a class of drugs called anticholinergics. It works by dilating the eye pupil and reducing swelling and inflammation.
We currently offer the brand Isopto Atropine from Canada manufactured by Alcon in the strength of 1% eye drops. The generic Atropine Sulfate is not available.
Get medical help immediately if you have any of these signs or an allergic reaction while using Isopto Atropine. The most common side effects of Isopto Atropine may include the following:
• Dry mouth;
• Mild stinging after using the drugs;
• Watery eyes
Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the severe side effects, including:
• Restlessness or irritability;
• Severe burning or stinging of the eyes;
• Severe eye irritation;
• Signs of high blood pressure like severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears
These are not all of the side effects of Isopto Atropine. Always contact your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms.
You should not use Isopto Atropine if you are allergic to Atropine Sulfate or any ingredient in Isopto Atropine. Before you start using this medication, tell your doctor about your medical history, especially if you:
• Are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed;
• Are pregnant or planning to be pregnant;
• Have ever had glaucoma;
• Have high blood pressure
Tell your doctor about all your medications, including prescription, OTC, herbal supplements, and vitamins. There may be drug interactions between Isopto Atropine and other medicines. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is unknown if Isopto Atropine will harm an unborn baby. Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known if Isopto Atropine passes into breast milk or if it may affect a nursing infant. Discuss the benefits and risks of using Isopto Atropine while breastfeeding with your doctor. Use Isopto Atropine precisely as prescribed by your doctor. Isopto Atropine comes as eye drops and should only be used in the eyes. Wash your hands before and after using the medication. Pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket and squeeze a drop of the medication into it. Close your eyes for 1 or 2 minutes. Wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops. Do not use Isopto Atropine while wearing soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using the medication before inserting your contact lenses. Isopto Atropine may blur your vision or impair your reactions. Avoid any hazardous activity or driving, especially at night, until you know how this medicine will affect you. This drug may make your eyes more sensitive to light. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes whenever you are outdoors or in bright light. Store this medicine at room temperature. Do not freeze. Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
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