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Atropine Ophthalmic Ointment 1% is a sterile ointment used topically to relieve pain and spasms of the iris. Atropine causes dilation of the pupils, which assists in pain relief of various conditions such as corneal ulcers, uveitis, and other painful eye conditions. It can also be used to treat secondary glaucoma.
Dogs, Cats, and Horses
Atropine is used to controls pain due to corneal and uveal disease.
This medication does not have an FDA approved indication for use in animals, but it is a common and acceptable practice for veterinarians to prescribe this human medication for use in animals. Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your animal. Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your animal more closely. Contact your veterinarian if your animal experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
Allergic reactions to medications may occur. Be sure to inform VetSource and your veterinarian if your pet has any known drug sensitivities or allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately or go to a veterinary emergency clinic. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: swollen lips, tongue, face, airways; difficulty breathing; agitation; profuse salivation; vomiting; widespread hives and itching.
Side effects may include decreased tear production, burning or itching and possible hypersensitivity. Notify your veterinarian if side effects appear and remain troublesome. Other side effects may occur, if you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Atropine should be instilled as directed by your veterinarian. Do not touch the dropper or tube opening to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper or tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.