Proper Use

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A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. You may also be taught how to give your medicine at home. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle, usually in the outer thigh.

To use the 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg atropine autoinjector:

  • Snap the end of the plastic sleeve down and over the yellow safety release. Remove the autoinjector from the plastic sleeve. Do not place fingers on the green tip.
  • Hold the autoinjector firmly with the green tip pointed down. With your other hand, pull off the yellow safety release.
  • Aim and firmly poke the green tip straight down at 90 degrees angle against the outer thigh. This autoinjector can inject through clothing, but make sure pockets at the injection site are empty. For children and thin people, bunch up the thigh to provide thicker area for injection.
  • Hold the autoinjector in place for at least 10 seconds to allow injection to finish.
  • Remove the autoinjector and massage the injection site for few seconds.

To use the 0.25 mg atropine autoinjector:

  • Remove the plastic cap from the yellow tube and slide the autoinjector from the tube. Do not place fingers on the black tip.
  • Hold the autoinjector firmly with the black tip pointed down. With your other hand, pull off the gray safety release.
  • Aim and firmly poke the black tip straight down at 90 degrees angle against the outer thigh. This autoinjector can inject through clothing, but make sure pockets at the injection site are empty. For children and thin people, bunch up the thigh to provide thicker area for injection.
  • Hold the autoinjector in place for at least 10 seconds to allow injection to finish.
  • Remove the autoinjector and massage the injection site for few seconds.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For injection dosage form (autoinjector):
    • For treatment of organophosphorus poisoning:
      • Adults and children older than 10 years of age weighing more than 41 kilograms (kg)—2 milligrams (mg) injected into a muscle.
      • Children 4 to 10 years of age weighing 18 to 41 kg—1 mg injected into a muscle.
      • Children 6 months to 4 years of age weighing 7 to 18 kg—0.5 mg injected into a muscle.
      • Children younger than 6 months of age weighing less than 7 kg—0.25 mg injected into a muscle.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.