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What is the mechanism of action of atropine?

asked Feb 4, 2013 by anonymous
edited Feb 6, 2013 by cassandra

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Atropine is an anticholinergic, i.e. it blocks the action of acetyl-choline (a neurotransmiter) on the so-called muscarinic receptors than many organs have. This inhibits a number of key neural pathways, and leads to variety of effects on the body, including dilation of the pupils, increased heart rate, reduced salivation and other secretions, etc..
answered Feb 6, 2013 by cassandra (1,860 points)