ANTICHOLINERGIC DRUGS

A subclass of drugs that inhibit or interfere with the release of acetyl choline, a neurotransmitter. This interferes with nerve endings and the overall parasympathetic system. Since the site of action is called muscarinic, these drugs are also known as antimuscarinic drugs. Given a larger dose, may also interfere with other neurotransmitters, for example, serotonin and norephinephrine. Functionally, they are usually used to control specific symptoms, for example depressive symptoms (tricyclic antidepressants). Typical antipsychotic medications may work in the same way. Also known as parasympathetic drugs.

ANTICHOLINERGIC DRUGS: "A person may be prescribed anticholinergic drugs if they are deemed to be producing too much acetyl choline. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANTICHOLINERGIC DRUGS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/anticholinergic-drugs/ (accessed June 17, 2019).
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