Naturally occurring tertiary amine which competitively antagonises ACh at the muscarinic receptor, causing parasympatholytic effects.
|Class||Naturally occurring tertiary amine. Muscarinic antagonist.|
|Uses||Bradycardia, organophosphate poisoning, antisialagogue, treatment of PDPH|
|Presentation||Clear, colourless solution at 600μg.ml-1. Racemic mixture, with only the L-isomer active|
|Route of Administration||IV|
|Distribution||50% protein bound, VD 3L.kg-1. Crosses BBB.|
|Metabolism||Extensive hepatic hydrolysis|
|Elimination||Renal elimination of metabolites and unchanged drug|
|Resp||Bronchodilation, ↓ secretions|
|CVS||↑ HR due to ↑ AV nodal conduction, peaks within 2-4 minutes and lasts 2-3 hours|
|CNS||Central anticholinergic syndrome, confusion, ↑ IOP, ↑ CSF secretion in choroid, cerebral vasoconstriction|
|GIT||↓ LoS tone|
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