from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Inhibiting or blocking the physiological action of acetylcholine at a receptor site: anticholinergic drugs.
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- adj. That inhibits the physiological action of acetylcholine at a receptor site
- n. Any of a class of drugs, typically used to treat various disorders and some forms of poisoning, which inhibit the physiological action of acetylcholine at a receptor site
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- adj. inhibiting or blocking the action of acetylcholine at a receptor site
- n. a substance that opposes or blocks the action of acetylcholine
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The primary drug class is called anticholinergic or antimuscarinic.
Tiotropium is in a class of drugs called anticholinergic bronchodilators, which prevent the airway spasms that can make breathing difficult.
These "anticholinergic" medications include some older antidepressants like Elavil, as well as some antihistamines, painkillers, muscle relaxants, antispasmotics and incontinence drugs.
'There are also drug treatments such as anticholinergic medicines, which stop the bladder from going into spasm,' she says.
Belladonna—a plant that is believed to have anticholinergic activities—gets a "C" rating for its anti-sweat effectiveness from the Natural Standard Research Collaboration, a Cambridge, Mass., scientist-owned group that evaluates natural therapies.
Treatment: Allergy shots and antihistamines don't help, but nasal steroid sprays, anticholinergic inhalers, masks and breathing exercises may provide relief.
Many sufferers, though, find relief using inhalers with fast-acting anticholinergic agents, which block the nerve impulses that play a role in the reactions.
Participants in the study who were taking drugs with a combined score of more than 5 also showed cognitive decline - they scored more than 4% lower in cognitive function tests compared with those who were taking no anticholinergic drugs.
So a prescription for an anticholinergic drug may help.
Prescription medications: The options to treat excessive sweating include anticholinergic drugs or beta blockers, but long-term use is discouraged because of side effects.