Atropine (Atro-pen) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Atro-pen?

atropine

What is the Trade Name for atropine?

Atro-pen

What are the Indications of Atropine (Atro-pen) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

decreases oral and respiratory secretions, treats sinus bradycardia and heart block, treatment of
bronchospasm

What are the Actions of Atropine (Atro-pen) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

Atropine is an anticholinergic which means that it inhibits the effects of the parasympathetic nervous
system, specifically acetylcholine. This inhibition causes increase in HR, bronchodilation, decreased GI
and respiratory secretions.

What is the Therapeutic Class of Atropine (Atro-pen) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

antiarrhythmic

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Atropine (Atro-pen) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

anticholinergic, antimuscarinic

What are the Nursing Considerations of Atropine (Atro-pen) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • avoid in acute hemorrhage, tachycardia, and angle closure glaucoma
  • monitor patient for tachycardia and palpitations
  • may cause urinary retention in elderly patients
  • patients may experience constipation due to slowed GI motility

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