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This section contains various resources on topics related to prescription drug use. For detailed information on a specific medication, go to the Drug Information Sheets section.


Anticholinergic toxicity

Acetylcholine is a natural substance produced by the body. It plays an important role in the functioning of the nervous system. Several drugs however, reduce its activity. These drugs are said to have anticholinergic properties. While this effect is sometimes sought, it is often more of an inconvenience. Elderly patients are particularly sensitive to anticholinergic side effects. Anticholinergics are commonly used to treat a variety of conditions (allergies, insomnia, nausea, depression, and urinary disorders).
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