Respiratory pharmacology. Anticholinergic agents

Clin Chest Med. 1986 Sep;7(3):355-66.


Although the anticholinergic agents are among the oldest of all respiratory drugs, they have been used only rarely in recent years. However, newer derivatives may have an important role in the treatment of bronchospastic diseases. The pharmacology of these interesting drugs is reviewed, with an emphasis on the therapeutic role of ipratropium.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Asthma / drug therapy
  • Bronchodilator Agents / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Ipratropium / pharmacology
  • Parasympatholytics / pharmacology*
  • Parasympatholytics / therapeutic use
  • Pulmonary Circulation / drug effects
  • Respiratory System / drug effects
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Bronchodilator Agents
  • Parasympatholytics
  • Ipratropium