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What should I know before taking a cholinergic agonist?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you have asthma, cholinergic agonists may not be good options for you. If your asthma is severe, you should not take cholinergic agonists.

If you have cardiovascular disease, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cholinergic agonists may not be good options for you.

If you have angle-closure glaucoma, you should not take cholinergic agonists.

If you have had gallstones or kidney stones, cholinergic agonists may not be good options for you.

If you have severely impaired liver function, pilocarpine can lead to side effects and should be avoided.

If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or may be pregnant, cholinergic agonists may not be good options for you. It is not known if they are safe for pregnant women.

It is not known if cholinergic agonists safe or effective for children.

You should not take cholinergic agonists if you are breastfeeding.

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