Anticholinergic Bronchodilators

  • Nicholas J. Gross

Abstract

Anticholinergic agents are among the oldest known bronchodilators. They have been used for many centuries in the Indian subcontinent in the form of the leaves of Datura stramonium [1]. The active ingredients were identified by German chemists in the mid-19th century as the alkaloids, atropine and scopolamine, among others. These naturally occurring anticholinergic agents were widely used throughout Europe until they were replaced by adrenergic agents and methylxanthines in the early 20th century. In part, their disappearance was due to their rapid absorption from mucosal surfaces and the skin, which caused undesirable side effects.

Keywords

Respiration Histamine Alkaloid Acetylcholine Glaucoma 

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