Atropine produces many effects in the body, including relief from spasms of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach and intestines), the bladder, and the biliary tract. This is helpful in controlling conditions such as colitis, spastic bladder, diverticulitis, infant colic, renal and biliary colic, peptic ulcer, and irritable bowel syndrome. Atropine also reduces the secretions of many organs, thereby helping to control conditions such as excessive stomach acid production and excessive secretion from the pancreas; to reduce secretions of the nose, lungs, salivary glands, and stomach before surgery; and to help dry up excessive mucus production associated with diseases, infections, and allergies. Atropine is used to treat the rigidity, tremor, excessive salivation, and sweating caused by Parkinson's disease. Atropine also has effects on the heart. It is used during surgery to maintain proper heart function, during emergencies involving the heart, and to treat certain heart disorders. Atropine is used to control laughing and crying episodes that are caused by brain tumors. Atropine also has effect on the eyes and is available in an ophthalmic (eye) formulation. Atropine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Atropine is a drug that is used to help reduce the production of saliva in the mouth prior to surgery. It also treats spasms that occur in the intestines, stomach and other organs. Atropine can be used to counter the effects of specific medications. Additionally, this drug also aids in controlling the secretions of numerous organs in the body, including saliva. During heart surgery, Atropine is used to maintain the heart's function and can also be used to treat certain heart conditions. This drug works by blocking the action of a chemical called acetylcholine.