Anticholinergic Agents | Sympatholytic Agents | Ventilation | Anesthesia | Muscular Relaxation and Physiological Monitoring
Anticholinergic agents are used to minimize oropharyngeal
secretions and the risk of posttreatment asystole or bradycardia.
Glycopyrrolate is the agent preferred by many practitioners because
it is less likely to cross the blood-brain barrier and thus potentially
exacerbate cognitive side effects. Anticholinergic premedication
is most important for cardiac patients and with use of subconvulsive
stimulations (American Psychiatric Association 2001).