Atropine in shock


Atropine acts by blocking parasympathetic effects on the heart. Its effect is to increase cardiac output by increasing heart rate. Atropine is particularly helpful in patients with hypoperfusion from bradycardia secondary to neurogenic shock.

Because the drug has no effect on peripheral vasculature, atropine is often co-administered with agents that increase blood pressure.


Which of the following statements about atropine is FALSE?