Anticholinergics

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Anticholinergics are drugs have been used for centuries in herbal remedies for asthma, but their side effects were unacceptable. Recently, there has been renewed in this group of drugs. Atrovent is an inhaled anticholinergic preparation that is not absorbed in to the circulation and therefore does not cause unacceptable side effects.

Brand Names Generic Names

Atrovent Ipratropium bromide
Combivent Atrovent and Albuterol

Drug Action

Anticholinergics partially block the vagus nerve, which normally controls the slightly constrictive nature of the airways. This results in relaxation and opening of the airways.

Side Effects

Atrovent usually causes no side effects.

Available Forms

Metered dose inhaler, nebulizer solution and nasal spray.