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Do cholinergic agonists have any side effects?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Side effects may include fatigue, insomnia, excess sweating, hot flashes, excess saliva, nose or lung inflammation, coughing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, urinary tract infections, and joint pain. Cholinergic agonists can make it dangerous to drive or operate machinery. The risk of side effects of cevimeline is higher in older people. 

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