Atropine is a drug used to treat eye conditions, certain heart disorders, poisoning, and a few gastrointestinal conditions. Atropine is in a class of drugs known as anticholinergics. It works by blocking the actions of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps move electrical impulses among nerve cells. Atropine is administered during poisoning by pesticides and certain toxic plants (Azaleas (Rhododendron), mushrooms (False Morel Mushroom (Gyromitra), Mower s Mushroom (Gymnopilus), Common Toadstool Mushroom (Gymnopilus), and poisoning associated with bradycardia hyptension.
Caution. Excessive or inappropriate use can cause heart arrhythmias and death.