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 (ăn′tē-kō′lə-nûr′jĭk, ăn′tī-)
Inhibiting or blocking the physiological action of acetylcholine at a receptor site: anticholinergic drugs.

an′ti·cho′li·ner′gic n.


(Physiology) physiol blocking nerve impulses through the parasympathetic nerves
(Pharmacology) med a drug or agent that blocks these nerve impulses, used to control intestinal spasm, increase the heart rate, dilate the pupils for examination of the eyes, dry secretions in anaesthesia, and in some forms to treat Alzheimer's disease


(ˌæn tɪˌkoʊ ləˈnɜr dʒɪk, -ˌkɒl ə-)

1. of or pertaining to a substance that opposes the effects of acetylcholine; interfering with the passage of parasympathetic nerve impulses.
2. an anticholinergic substance, as a drug.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anticholinergic - a substance that opposes or blocks the action of acetylcholineanticholinergic - a substance that opposes or blocks the action of acetylcholine
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
Daricon, oxyphencyclimine - an anticholinergic drug (trade name Daricon) used in treating peptic ulcers
Adj.1.anticholinergic - inhibiting or blocking the action of acetylcholine at a receptor siteanticholinergic - inhibiting or blocking the action of acetylcholine at a receptor site; "anticholinergic drugs"
cholinergic - releasing or activated by acetylcholine or a related compound


a. anticolinérgico-a, rel. al bloqueo de los impulsos transmitidos a través de los nervios parasimpáticos.


adj & n anticolinérgico
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Anticholinergics include common drugs for mood and movement disorders, pain, urinary incontinence, gastrointestinal discomfort, peripheral neuropathy, and insomnia.
But if you are using anticholinergic drugs regularly, particularly if you are using multiple anticholinergics regularly, consider reviewing your medications with your doctor to see if you can substitute other drugs for these medicines
During the ensuing discussion, the participants discussed the fact that there is very little downside to trying anticholinergics at this point, but acknowledged that very few patients will be satisfied with this intervention alone.
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While the connection between anticholinergics and death remains unclear, study author Chris Fox, MD, of the UKs University of East Anglia, urges patients to report any side effects and concerns to their physicians.
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Those who chronically used anticholinergics experienced significant cognitive declines after four years and faced a 65 percent greater risk of dementia, compared to non-users, according to the study.
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Using augmentation to accelerate response or address side effects is generally ill advised; in particular, anticholinergics should be avoided, said Dr.