Why can't I get it!
- 0Jan 11, '12 by brownbookWhen I read the word anticholinergic my mind goes blank. I study and study the topic, think to myself, okay now I have it. Then two weeks later come across the word and my mind goes blank! Please somebody give me a kiss (keep it simple stupid) way to forever remember what anticholinergic means!Specifically how It affects the body! I don't care how dumbed down the answer is, I need some simple memory trick to remember it's effects
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- 6Jan 12, '12 by poopprincessAnticholinergics inhibit nerve impulse activity of the parasympathetic nervous system. If you remember your A&P, the PNS acts on digestion, urination, salivation and lacrimation. PNS 'rest and digest' which is opposite of sympathetic 'fight or flight.'
An ex. of their use may be bladder spasms. Major common side effects are that they dry you up because they inhibit the PNS. So the way that I learned to remember it was:
Maybe not the most professional rhyme, but it helped me numerous times on my nursing school exams. Hope this helps.
- 2Jan 12, '12 by brownbookThanks, I know it isn't really that difficult (on a basic level).
Crazy thing is, inhibit the parasympathetic nervous system makes perfectly good sense to me. I get that. For some crazy reason if I read up on a drug and it says it has anticholingergic properties my mind goes blank! Why don't they just say it inhibits the parasympathetic nervous system, then I wouldn't have this problem!
The word "anti" does something to my brain. I even used to struggle with the word antibodies. Something about that prefix.
I think/hope I will remember anticholinergic, inhibit the parasympathetic nervous system. I will see how long that lasts!
- 0Mar 22 by Gabby-RNQuote from djb1284They dry up the pee, dry up the tears, dry up the spit etc.i still don't get it. anticholinergics work to keep a person from peeing, seeing, spitting, etc?
If you have a horrible runny nose and take an anticholinergic like benadryl, it dries it up the drip.
If you suffer from chronic frequent urination and are prescribed an anticholinergic like ditropan, it works by drying up the urine there by making you urinate less.
Obviously very simplified but hopefully it helps.