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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy "Anticholinergic" is the word denoting the action of certain medications that inhibit the transmission of parasympathetic nerve impulses (cholinergic) and thereby reduce spasms of smooth muscle (such as that, for example, in the bladder) as well as a range of vegetative (digestive and circulatory) functions. This actions accounts for the side-effects of the anticholinergic drugs. Here are some common examples of anticholinergic drugs:

  • Aceprometazine Neuroleptic, antihistamine (phenothiazine)
  • Acepromazine Neuroleptic (phenothiazine)
  • Alimemazine Antihistamine, sedative (phenothiazine)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax) Anxiolytic (benzodiazepine)
  • Alverine Antispasmodic
  • Amitriptyline (Elavil; Endep) Tricyclic antidepressant
  • Amoxapine (Asendin) Tricyclic antidepressant
  • Belladonna alkaloids Antispasmodic
  • Chlorphenamine Antihistamine
  • Clomipramine Tricyclic antidepressant
  • Clorazepate (Tranxene) Anxiolytic (benzodiazepine)
  • Codeine Analgesic, antipyretic C
  • olchicine Anti-hyperuricemic, anti-inflammatory
  • Dexchlorpheniramine Antihistamine
  • Digoxin (Lanoxin) Antiarrhythmic, cardiotonic
  • Furosemide (Lasix) Diuretic, antihypertensive
  • Hydroxyzine (Hyzine, Vistaril) Anxiolytic, antihistamine
  • Imipramine (Tofranil) Tricyclic antidepressant
  • Levomepromazine Neuroleptic (phenothiazine)
  • Maprotiline (Ludiomil) Tetracyclic antidepressant
  • Opipramol Tricyclic antidepressant
  • Orphenadrine Antiparkinsonian
  • Oxybutynin (Ditropan) Antispasmodic
  • Theophylline (asthma drug) Bronchodilator, antiasthmatic
  • Trihexyphenidyl Antiparkinsonian
  • Trimipramine (Surmontil) Tricyclic antidepressant
  • Tropatepine Antiparkinsonian


The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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