Atropine, also known by the brand names Saltropine and Atropisol, is used to cause the pupils of your eye to dilate. It’s also used in cardiac arrest, hyperhidrosis and as an antidote if you come into contact with nerve gas. Atropine actually is made up of plant extracts from plants such as belladonna and mandrake, plants that are deadly if not used in the correct way. Atropine does, however, have many side effects, one of them being severe cotton mouth or dry mouth (clinically known as Xerostomia). Cotton mouth (Xerostomia) doesn’t sound that bad but can cause worse problems like mouth lesions if not taken care of.
These are the main uses for Atropine (Saltropine, Atropisol) and how to treat cotton mouth or dry mouth (Xerostomia) if you end up suffering from it.
Atropine Use For Stomach Disorders – Atropine (Atropisol, Saltropine) can be used to treat irritable bowel syndrome or diarrhea. For this purpose, it comes in oral form, and you take one tablet every 4-6 hours. Many severe side effects have been reported with this drug, including cotton mouth or dry mouth. If you do happen to take Atropine (Atropisol, Saltropine) and develop cotton mouth, one remedy is to suck a throat lozenge or a hard candy.
Atropine Use For Eye Problems
Available in either solution or ointment form, Atropine (Saltropine, Atropisol) is used as a pupil dilator for the eye because it works by paralyzing the muscles necessary for the eye to function normally. Personally, I think the solution formula is easier to use; all you have to do is tip back your head and let a couple of drops enter your eye. Sit with your head back for 3-4 minutes until you’re sure the Saltropine has been absorbed properly and that’s it. The ointment is messier, and if you lie on a pillow, much of it will eventually end up rubbing off. Again, dry mouth or cotton mouth (Xerostomia) has been reported. Another remedy for cotton mouth or dry mouth is to use a saliva substitute, which is available at most pharmacists.
Atropine for Cardiac Arrest
For this type of treatment, Atropine (Saltropine, Atropisol) is used in injection form to treat cardiac arrest and also first degree heart block. Side effects of cotton mouth or dry mouth (Xerostomia) can be treated by making sure you drink plenty of water and don’t drink caffeinated drinks, because these will cause your dry mouth/cotton mouth (Xerostomia) to get worse.
Atropine for Nerve Gas Poisoning
Atropine (Saltropine, Atropisol) is also given if you ever come into contact with nerve gas. It was even used during the Gulf War when U.S. soldiers were exposed to various nerve gases (although the US government denied this at the time). Many side effects (nausea, vomiting, headaches, loss of vision, blurry vision, hallucinations and, of course, dry mouth and severe cotton mouth) were reported at the time, although it was difficult to ascertain if they were as a result of the Atropine (Saltropine, Atropisol) or the nerve gas itself.
Should you be prescribed Atropine (Saltropine, Atropisol) by your doctor and do suffer with what seems like one of the minor side effects such as cotton mouth or dry mouth (Xerostomia), it can actually be quite dangerous if not taken care of properly. Xerostomia can be reversed if it’s caused by taking Atropine (Saltropine, Atropisol). You can try some of these other remedies:
Rinse your mouth out immediately after you finish eating.
Make sure you drink a lot of water or other fluids that won’t dehydrate you.
Don’t use any mouthwash that has alcohol in it.
If your dry mouth becomes extremely severe, there are saliva substitutes available at most pharmacists. Your doctor can also prescribe something for you for dry mouth/cotton mouth (Xerostomia).
Atropine (Saltropine, Atropisol) is a drug that can be very effective for various problems if taken correctly. Don’t forget if you do experience side effects such as dry mouth/cotton mouth (Xerostomia) make sure you report your experience to your doctor.