What are the side effects of anticholinergic bronchodilators?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Side effects of anticholinergic bronchodilators may include coughing, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, sore throat, dry mouth, hoarseness, runny nose, chest pain, heart palpitations, nausea, and upset stomach. Other side effects may include sinus or upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, flu-like symptoms, muscle or back pain, problems with urination, constipation, and rash. Some people have an increase in shortness of breath or bronchial spasms. 

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The most common side effect of anticholinergic bronchodilators is dry mouth. There also may be increased upper respiratory tract infections in people using anticholinergic bronchodilators.

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