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Anticholinergic (Definition)

Most drugs have some anticholinergic qualities, which means they interfere with the normal function ...Read more


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Do anticholinergic medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) have a link with mild cognitive impairment?

Do anticholinergic medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) have a link with mild cognitive impairment?

No: Unlikely; Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has drowsy effects, but clears out after few hours. Interestingly can cause paradoxical stimulation as a side effect. A chronic mild cognitive impairment could be something else. ...Read more

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Do medications with anticholinergic properties improve or worsen symptoms of hypothyroidism?

Complicated: You see, most medications in clinical medicine have anti-cholinergic effects, and this may help several conditions by design. However, pts with cognitive problems, such as alzheimer's, might have decreases in acetylcholine, which might result in worsening with such meds. Typically, not really a major problem in hypothyroidism, especially if treated with thyroid meds. ...Read more

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What are anticholinergic drugs? And what are the function and side effects?

Anticholinergics: Anticholinergics are a class of medication that block muscarinic receptors in the body. They are typically used to treat over active bladder, or oab. Common side effects are dry mouth, dry eyes, flushing, urinary retention/difficulty passing urine, confusion (in the elderly, typically), and constipation. ...Read more

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Why do people with dementia have a greater risk of developing a negative reaction to anticholinergic drugs?

Why do people with dementia have a greater risk of developing a negative reaction to anticholinergic drugs?

They cause confusion: Anticholinergic medications have been known to cause confusion and giving them to people with dementia further increases the confusion they already have. Plus, it causes severe dryness of the mouth, difficulty initiating urination and blurred vision, all these symptoms already present in the geriatric population ...Read more

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Can I use anticholinergic drug reverse bradycardia?

Do not experiment: Talk with to u physician and listen to his advise. ...Read more

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Why do anticholinergic drugs lower your blood pressure?

Less vascular tone: The anticholinergic drugs relax the tiny muscles in our arteries, relaxing the arteries and dropping the blood pressure. They also effect the muscles in our eyes (blurry vision) and that control the ladder and rectum (difficulty with going #1 and #2). ...Read more

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I’ve read that anticholinergic drugs block acetylcholine, causing mental deterioration. Is this a concern if you're not eldery? Taking amitriptyline 25

Minimal concern: Correct. Amitriptylline has anticholinergic properties. It's been around for many years and is a very useful drug for a variety of medical problems and also relatively inexpensive. 25 mg is a low and well tolerated dose. Cognitive changes in the elderly a concern given age-related mental decline, other diseases, and the fact that they are often on other meds with anticholinergic effects- additive. ...Read more

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I read that anticholinergic drugs block acetylcholine, causing mental deterioration. Is this a worry if you're not elderly? I'm taking amitriptyline 25mg

I read that anticholinergic drugs block acetylcholine, causing mental deterioration. Is this a worry if you're not elderly? I'm taking amitriptyline 25mg

No!: Amitryptiline is an excellent medication for a variety of conditions (eg migraine prevention) the dose is quite low too. The commonest side effect is dryness of the mouth. ...Read more

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Will benadryl (diphenhydramine) have an effect on a methacholine challenge since its a anticholinergic drug?

Will benadryl (diphenhydramine) have an effect on a methacholine challenge since its a anticholinergic drug?

Possibly: To get the best indication of bronchial hyper reactivity, you should not take any antihistamines for 3 to 7 days before the challenge. Unless, of course, the point is to see if Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will diminish the reactivity. That's why you need to discuss such questions with the physician who ordered the test. ...Read more

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Between Allegra and Desloratadine, which drug has less blood-brain barrier permeability and is less anticholinergic?

Between Allegra and Desloratadine, which drug has less blood-brain barrier permeability and is less anticholinergic?

Allegra: Fexofenadine and loratadine, allegra and claritin, respectively, are the least sedating of all anti-histamines according to a recent NIH review. All anti-histamines cross the blood brain barrier to some extent. The real issue is sedation and allegra and claritin appear to win the context. They are also less anticholinergic than many others. ...Read more

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I suffer from excessive sweating and post nasal drip. Which specific anticholinergic drugs will help with these problems? (Only name anticholinergic drugs, do not provide other treatment ideas.)

I suffer from excessive sweating and post nasal drip. Which specific anticholinergic drugs will help with these problems? (Only name anticholinergic drugs, do not provide other treatment ideas.)

Odd question: Never run into a patient with a problem who was adamantly against options for treatment. Of course, it'd be different if someone were asking a homework or test question & needed a specific response. Otherwise, your constraint makes no sense whatever. These boards are intended for clinical problems & real patients. You as well as Your neighbors could Google the answer to your question. Cheers! ...Read more

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What are anticholinegic drugs? What do they do? Side effects are?

What are anticholinegic drugs? What do they do? Side effects are?

Anticholinergic drug: Common side effects include dry mouth, blurred vision, glaucoma and urinary retention. ...Read more

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What anticholinergic makes you feel cold?

Here are some...: The degree of affecting parasympathetic nerve function so to induce feeling cold by anticholinergics is dose-related. As to which on does more, I doubt if there has been a study to compare such potential effect. Despite so, watch and alert for potential adverse effects while taking any new medications; if suspected and severe, stop its use and contact the prescribing doc; if mild, keep watching &. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: anticholinergic?

See below: Most drugs have some anticholinergic qualities, which means they interfere with the normal function of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. ...Read more

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Can you die from anticholinergic overdose?

Can you die from anticholinergic overdose?

Possible: Although anticholinergic overdose leading to death is rare, it is possible. Any drug overdose can potentially lead to death. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an anticholinergic overdose?

What sort of problem is an anticholinergic overdose?

Red as a beet: "red as a beet, dry as a bone, hot as a hare, blind as a bat, mad as a hatter, full as a flask". Cutaneous vasodilation to dissipate heat because of loss of sweat production. Pupillary dilation can manifest as blurry vision. Anxiety, agitation confusion, bizarre behavior. Urinary retention. 600 causes. Can include antihistamines, tricyclic antidepressants, sleep aids, cold meds, some plants. ...Read more

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What is the function of an anticholinergic for mental illness?

What is the function of an anticholinergic for mental illness?

Several: Anticholinergics first were used in psychiatry for treating Parkinson's disorder, although other, more effective medicines have largely replaced them. They are perhaps most commonly used to treat side effects of other medications, especially antipsychotics, which can cause parkinsonsian-like symptoms. They also sometimes are used as calming agents in acute situations. ...Read more

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Does propantheline make anticholinergics stronger? Please, need some answers?

No: Propanetheline is an anticholinergic medication often used for the treatment of peptic ulcer disease. It is not designed to make other anticholinergics stronger and should not be taken in addition to another anticholinergic medication. This would be a duplication of therapy and could cause an increase in side effects such as urinary retention, constipation, and increased heart rate. ...Read more

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The last time I took Ulone was 4 days ago (Anticholinergic side effects), I still have sensibility to light and my vision is snowy.

The last time I took Ulone was 4 days ago (Anticholinergic side effects), I still have sensibility to light and my vision is snowy.

Ulone/chlophedianol: Is an antitussive/cough suppressant. It has local anesthetic and antihistamine properties, and may have anticholinergic effects at higher doses. After 4 days, your side effect symptoms should be improving, and I hope they are. If they continue more than another few days, up to a week, I would review the problem with your doctor. Stay well:) ...Read more

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Would giving someone with diarrhea an anticholinergic be ok?

Would giving someone with diarrhea an anticholinergic be ok?

Yes: It would be ok, but only take medications as prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Strattera (adhd med) has anticholinergic effects. But its not listed as an anticholinergic? Why?

Strattera (adhd med) has anticholinergic effects. But its not listed as an anticholinergic? Why?

Here are some...: Have you had dry mouth or constipation after its use? If so, stop its use and bring these to your prescribing doc's attention if unbearable. But, in life reality, behind what we know always still hides something we do know. To help understand lief reality, go to peruse articles in http://www. Formefirst. Com/onLifeBasics. Html & http://www. Formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. More? Contact me PRN. ...Read more

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Does an anticholinergic work on the muscles?

Anticholinergic: You did not specify what anticholinergic you are asking about so I will try to answer specific medication types: a nasal spray does not affect muscles. An inhaled one may produce some bronchodilation by relaxing the smooth muscles in the airways, oral ones usually don't affect skeletal muscles but may affect smooth muscles in the gastrointestinal tract and relax them. ...Read more

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Can high doses of anticholinergic (biperiden hydrochloride) decrease the memory?

Can high doses of anticholinergic (biperiden hydrochloride) decrease the memory?

Yes: Amnesia has been reported with biperiden; anticholinergics such as scopolamine are famous for causing amnesia for the events that took place while the patient was taking them. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat antipsychotics, such as risperidone, anticholinergic effects?

What's the best way to treat antipsychotics, such as risperidone, anticholinergic effects?

Answer: There are a few medications to try to control the side effects off the antipsychotic medications. Cogentin (benztropine) works well and is well tolerated ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat antipsychotics (such as risperidone) anticholinergic effects?

Extrapyramidol: I guess that this is what you're referring to, rather than "anticholinergic." But there is no single best way. There are a number of medicines that can be taken, including some anticholinergic medicines. But it is an individualized decision. ...Read more

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What works better for Parkinson's disease: levodopa or anticholinergic?

Answer: Clearly the anticholinergics are archaic, and have substantial tolerance issues. The main neurotransmitter issue involves dopamine, so L-Dopa is the most direct and logical intervention. I never use anticholinergics for my patients these days. ...Read more