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What are antimuscarinic side effects?

Last Updated: 3rd May, 2020

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The side effects of antimuscarinic drugs include:
  • dry mouth with difficulty swallowing and thirst.
  • dilation of the pupils with difficulty accommodating and sensitivity to light - i.e. blurred vision.
  • increased intraocular pressure.
  • hot and flushed skin.
  • dry skin.

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Moreover, what does an antimuscarinic do?

Antimuscarinic drugs reduce the symptoms of incontinence by reducing bladder muscle spasms. Antimuscarinic drugs indicated for the treatment of incontinence include trospium chloride (Sanctura ®) and oxybutynin (Oxytrol ®).

Beside above, what are anticholinergic drugs used for? Anticholinergic drugs block the action of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This inhibits nerve impulses responsible for involuntary muscle movements and various bodily functions. These drugs can treat a variety of conditions, from overactive bladder to chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

Also asked, are antimuscarinic and anticholinergic the same thing?

Anticholinergics are classified according to the receptors that are affected: Antimuscarinic agents operate on the muscarinic acetylcholine receptors. The majority of anticholinergic drugs are antimuscarinics. Antinicotinic agents operate on the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.

Why do Antimuscarinics cause tachycardia?

It causes tachycardia by blocking vagal effects on the sinoatrial node. Acetylcholine hyperpolarizes the sinoatrial node, which is overcome by MRA and thus increases the heart rate. Tachycardia and stimulation of the vasomotor center causes an increase in blood pressure.

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