ATROPINE (MW: 289.369)

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SOURCE: Atropa belladonna
USE: acetylcholine antagonist, pupil dilation, cardiac resuscitation, nerve gas treatment.
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Atropine is a naturally occurring tropane alkaloid extracted from deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna), Jimson weed (Datura stramonium), mandrake (Mandragora officinarum) and other plants of the familySolanaceae. It is a secondary metabolite of these plants and serves as a drug with a wide variety of effects. In general, atropine counters the “rest and digest” activity of […] read more

Deadly Nightshade

Atropa belladonna
Scale 7 Diat: photosynthetic , Hierachy 1


FACT: The drug ATROPINE is isolated from A. belladonna.

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Graphic by Julia K.
Atropa belladonna or Atropa bella-donna, commonly known asbelladonna or deadly nightshade, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the family Solanaceae, native to Europe, North Africa, Western Asia, and some parts of Canada and the United States. The foliage and berries are extremely toxic, containing tropane alkaloids. These toxins include scopolamine and hyoscyamine, which cause a […] read more