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Atrovent: Pressurized inhalation, solution

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Anticholinergics can be used to describe any medication reducing effects of Acetylcholine, a chemical messenger important for nerve and muscle functioning.
"Anticholinergics can be used to describe any medication reducing effects of Acetylcholine, a chemical messenger important for nerve and muscle functioning. <br><br> Acetylcholine&#39;s effects are activated when attached to specific receptors. There are two major types of these receptors, nicotinic and muscarinic. Stimulation of nicotinic receptors affects the brains memory centers and skeletal muscles. Stimulation of the muscarinic receptors tightens smooth muscle in the lungs, bladder, eye, stomach and glands. <br><br> Anticholinergic medications can attach to the specific receptors to prevent acetylcholine stimulation generally or in specific locations. While not fully understood, blocking nicotinic receptors may affect memory and body movement. Blocking specific muscarinic receptors causes smooth muscle relaxation. This can lead to greater airflow in the lungs, reduced nausea or motion sickness, fewer urges to urinate, dilation of the pupil in the eyes and reduced bodily secretions."
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IPRATROPIUM (i pra TROE pee um) is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Do not use this medicine for an acute attack.

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