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Effects of systemic anticholinergic and other drugs on glaucoma

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Systemic parasympatholytic (antispasmodic or anticholinergic) drugs are often used as pre-anaesthetic medication and for relief of Parkinsonism and some gastro-intestinal disorders. The fear that these drugs will increase intra-ocular pressure and precipitate or aggravate glaucoma has, however, sometimes discouraged their use. With most patients this fear is unwarranted.

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