Dr Mark Moore

Mark Moore, MD
Tallahassee Anesthesiology, PA

Anesthesia Medications

Atropine Sulfate

Atropine Sulfate
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Atropine Sulfate: Atropine is a naturally occurring agent in the plant Atropa belladonna (deadly nightshade). It is classified as an Anticholinergic agent or antimuscarinic, which blocks the action of acetylcholine in the parasympathetic nervous system. The effects of this inhibition include mydriasis (dilation) of the pupils and increased intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma; dry, tenacious secretions of nose, mouth, throat, and bronchi; decreased motility and secretions of the gastrointestinal tract; heart rate increases; and decreased sweating.
Atropine may be given presurgery to reduce salivation and bronchial secretions, minimize bradycardia during intubation or for the treatment of pylorospasms and spastic conditions. It is indicated specifically for symptomatic bradycardia related to poor perfusion and hypotension, relative or vagally mediated bradycardia. It is also commonly used during advanced cardiac life support for asystole or pulseless electrical activity.