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Anticholinergic Medicines

Anticholinergic medicines keep nerve impulses from contracting smooth muscle. Smooth muscle is part of the digestive tract, urinary tract, and lungs.

Smooth muscle cannot be controlled consciously (involuntary). But anticholinergics can, for example, relax the airways in the lungs to makes breathing easier.

Anticholinergics are used to treat many health problems, including:

  • Asthma.
  • Cerebral palsy.
  • COPD.
  • Parkinson's disease.
  • Urinary incontinence.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
Current as of July 17, 2012

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Last Updated: July 17, 2012
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