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How can I help prevent anticholinergic drug side effects?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
To help prevent anticholinergic drug side effects:
  • Discuss side effects with your doctor, such as changes in urinary and bowel patterns, and dry mouth. Such changes may be related to drug side effects or may be due to an unrelated medical condition.
  • Speak with your physician about any concerns or questions you have about anticholinergic medications you take.
  • Tell all of your doctors about all the medications you take to make sure you aren't prescribed a drug that will interact with your anticholinergic drug.
  • Consider also the possibility of taking an alternative drug that won't cause anticholinergic activity.

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