Atropine [minijet $18.69; vial for injection 64 cents] ADMINISTRATION ROUTES:
IV, IM, SC, ENDOTRACHEAL
ALTERNATIVE NAMES: Atropine
ICU INDICATIONS: 1. To temporarily increase heart rate or decrease AV-block until definitive
intervention can take place 2. Asanantidoteforinadvertentoverdoseofcholinergicdrugsorforcholinesterase
poisoning such as from organophosphorus insecticides
PRESENTATION AND ADMINISTRATION: Atropine ampoules contain 600mcg in 1ml or 1200mcg in 1ml Atropine mini-jets contain 1mg in 10ml (i.e. 100mcg/ml) Compatible with the following IV fluids: Dilution in IV fluids is not recommended Atropine sulphate is stated to be compatible, when mixed in a syringe immediately before use, with the following: Chlorpromazine Droperidol Metoclopramide Midazolam Prochlorperazine Promethazine If the solution is cloudy, do not use. Store at room temperature below 25°C
Bradycardia: 0.6mg IV Organophosphate poisoning: 2mg IV then 2mg every 15 minutes until atropinised, then 0.02-0.08mg/kg/hr for several days Endotracheal route(only if IV access cannot be obtained) The recommended adult dose of atropine for endotracheal administration is 1 to 2 mg diluted to a total not to exceed 10 ml of sterile water or normal saline. Note: – The administration of less than 0.5 mg can produce a paradoxical bradycardia because of the central or peripheral parasympathomimatic effects of low dose in adults.
DOSAGE IN RENAL FAILURE AND RENAL REPLACEMENT THERAPY: Dose as in normal renal function
DOSAGE IN PAEDIATRICS:
CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY: Atropine is commonly classified as an anticholinergic or antiparasympathetic (parasympatholytic) drug. More precisely, however, it is termed an antimuscarinic agent since it antagonizes the muscarine-like actions of acetylcholine and other choline esters.
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49CONTRAINDICATIONS: There are no absolute contraindications to atropine. contraindicated in:
1. pyloricstenosis 2. glaucoma 3. prostatichypertrophy
However, atropine is relatively
WARNINGS In adults, the administration of less than 0.5 mg can produce a paradoxical bradycardia because of the central or peripheral parasympathomimatic effects of low dose in adults. Conventional systemic doses may precipitate acute glaucoma in susceptible patients, convert partial organic pyloric stenosis into complete obstruction, lead to complete urinary retention in patients with prostatic hypertrophy or cause inspissation of bronchial secretions and formation of dangerous viscid plugs in patients with chronic lung disease.
No laboratory tests in addition to routine tests are required.
Drug/Laboratory Test Interactions
IMPORTANT DRUG INTERACTIONS FOR THE ICU None of note.
Body as a Whole:
Dryness of the mouth, constipation
Blurred vision, dilated pupils, difficulty in swallowing, tremor,
Difficulty in micturition