Anticholinergic and Antispasmodic Drugs

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

woman with abdominal pain

Motion sickness medications

Gastrointestinal medications

Respiratory medications

  • ipratropium (Atrovent, Combivent, Duoneb)
  • tiotropium (Spiriva)
  • aclidinium (Tudorza Pressair)
  • umeclidinium and vilanterol (Anoro Ellipta)

What are the side effects of anticholinergic (antispasmodic) drugs?

When possible, the use of anticholinergics should be avoided in the elderly because anticholinergic side effects are particularly common and problematic in older individuals.

Who should not use anticholinergic (antispasmodic) medications?

Patients with the following medical conditions should not use medications with anticholinergic properties since use of anticholinergic medications can worsen their conditions:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/18/2015

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