When should Atropine not be given?
Atropine should be avoided with bradycardia caused by hypothermia and, in most cases, it will not be effective for Mobitz type II/Second-degree block type 2 or complete heart block..
What is atropine used for in an emergency?
Atropine is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of low heart rate (bradycardia), reduce salivation and bronchial secretions before surgery or as an antidote for overdose of cholinergic drugs or mushroom poisoning.
How fast is atropine given?
Atropine should be administered by rapid IV push and may be repeated every 3-5 minutes, to a maximum dose of 3 mg. Atropine is ineffective and should be avoided in heart transplant patients.
Why is atropine an appropriate treatment?
The goal of therapy with atropine is to reverse life-threatening signs and symptoms (i.e., respiratory distress), and make the patient more comfortable. Currently it is thought that this does not necessarily require the reversal of all effects of the cholinesterase inhibitor [e.g., miosis (pupillary constriction)].