Anticholinergics drugs (see chart) inhibit acetylcholine by occupying the acetyl-choline receptors. Anticholinergics are also called parasympatholytics, cholinergic blocking agents, cholinergic or muscarinic antagonists, antiparasympathetic agents, antimuscarinic agents, or antispasmodics.

Anticholinergics drugs block parasympathetic nerves thereby enabling impulses from sympathetic nerves to take control. Anticholinergic and adrener-gic drugs produce many of the same responses.

A list of anticholinergic drugs are provided in the Appendix. Detailed tables show doses, recommendations, expectations, side effects, contraindications, and more; available on the book's Web site (see URL in Appendix).

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