Included In This Lesson
Decreases oral and respiratory secretions, treats sinus bradycardia and heart block, treatment of bronchospasm
Atropine is an anticholinergic which means that it inhibits the effects of the para-sympathetic nervous system, specifically acetylcholine. This inhibition causes increase in HR, bronchodilation, decreased GI and respiratory secretions.
• 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