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I know anticholinergic medications have bad effects on cognition in the elderly. Do these effects reverse after discontinuation? If so, how long does it take to return to baseline cognitive function
Anti cholinergics: If the drugs were taken intermittently or for short periods of time the effects will disappear within days ...Read more
Do anticholinergic medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) have a link with mild cognitive impairment?
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
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
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
Do not experiment: Talk with to u physician and listen to his advise. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the name of the anticholinergic component & the benzodiazpine component in the drug librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide)?
I read that anticholinergic drugs block acetylcholine, causing mental deterioration.Is this a worry if you're not elderly?I'm taking amitriptyline 25mg
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
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
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
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
Anticholinergic: Yes it can.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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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