Anticholinergics: Definition, Examples & Side Effects


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Which of the following are side effects of anticholinergic drugs?

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1. What is acetylcholine?

2. A patient misreads the label on his or her anticholinergic medicine and takes ten times the dose he or she is supposed to. What do you think will happen to this patient?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Anticholinergics are drugs used to counter the effects of acetylcholine when it malfunctions. This quiz/worksheet assessment will help you review some of the uses of anticholinergics, their side effects, and what can happen if they are not taken properly.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Complete this assessment to test your understanding of:

  • Side effects of anticholinergics
  • Purposes of acetylcholine
  • What happens if anticholinergics are misused
  • Uses of anticholinergics

Skills Practiced

This assessment will provide you with a way to practice skills of:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding anticholinergics
  • Making connections - use your understanding of acetylcholine to understand the abuse of anticholinergics
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Parkinson's

Additional Learning

To improve your understanding of the material covered in this assessment complete the lesson Anticholinergics: Definition, Examples & Side Effects. In addition to these topics, you can also study:

  • How motor neurons initiate muscle constriction
  • Ways anticholinergics help treat people with lung disorders
  • How anticholinergics are used to reduce the effects of Parkinson's disease