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- by brownbook Jan 11, '12When 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
- Jan 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.
- Jan 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!
- Jan 20, '12 by poopprincessYes it is spit! My bad. Thank you for correcting my typo.
- Jan 22, '12 by nursecat64just remember "anti" means against. Separate the words as in medical terminology. If you can define cholinergic, then you can know anything "anti" will work against it.Last edit by nursecat64 on Jan 22, '12 : Reason: correct spelling