atropine ophthalmic (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Ophthalmic preparations of atropine are used before an eye exam or eye surgery to widen the pupils and to treat certain inflammatory conditions of the eye (for example, uveitis). Because of its prolonged duration of action it is not the preferred drug for dilating the pupils during routine eye examinations. Other drugs with much shorter durations of action are preferred.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects reported include



PREPARATIONS: Ophthalmic solution: 1%

STORAGE: Atropine ophthalmic solution can be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature away from heat and light.


  • For inducing mydriasis (pupil dilation) or cycloplegia in adults: Instill 1-2 drops of 1% ophthalmic solution in eye 1 hour before procedure.
  • For the treatment of inflammatory conditions of the eye (iritis or uveitis) in adults: Instill 1-2 drops of 1% solution in eye up to 4 times per day.


Use of atropine with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) is not recommended due to the risk of causing severely elevated blood pressure (hypertensive crisis). Examples of MAO inhibitors include

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/16/2015

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