atropine sulfate ointment - ophthalmic
GENERIC NAME: ATROPINE SULFATE OINTMENT - OPHTHALMIC (AT-roe-peen SUL-fate)
USES: This medication is used before eye examinations (e.g., refraction) and to treat certain eye conditions (e.g., uveitis). It belongs to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics. Atropine works by widening (dilating) the pupil of the eye.
HOW TO USE: To apply eye ointments, wash hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the tube tip or let it touch your eye. Tilt your head back, look upward, and gently pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Place a 1/4 inch (0.5 centimeter) strip of ointment into the pouch. Gently close the eye and roll the eyeball in all directions to spread the medication. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye.Repeat these steps for your other eye if so directed. If you are using this medication on a regular schedule, apply as often as directed by your doctor, usually 3 times daily.Do not use the ointment if it has changed color.Wipe the tip of the ointment tube with a clean tissue to remove extra medication before recapping it.If you are using another kind of eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments), wait at least 5-10 minutes before applying other medications. Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the drops to enter the eye.If you are using this medication on a regular schedule, you can get the most benefit from it by not missing any doses. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Continue using it for the full time prescribed.Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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