Category talk:Anticholinergics

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We need to distinguish antagonists from agonists. I made [[Category:Nicotinic agonists]] but didn't list it under here because I thought "anticholinergics" was maybe only antagonists. Now I find that a lot of the things listed under antagonists are actually agonists. Can I get some help in straightening this out from whoever started this category? --Chinasaur 11:08, 10 Aug 2004 (UTC)

I got rid of the nicotinic agonists category as both categories had the same content. In retrospect, after doing a lot more reading here, i shouldn't have done that, as there is a difference between agonists and antagonists. i don't know what that difference is, and seeing that both categories had all the same entries, i mistakenly thought that it was a mistake. Apologies. how can we get this straightened out? --Heah 20:29, 27 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I'm kind of glad you brought this up since the whole "neurotoxins/neuromodulators" category hierarchy could stand to be fixed up. I'm pretty busy until the end of May though, so maybe remind me again in a month. To answer your question, the difference between agonist and antagonist is pretty simple: a drug that blocks the function of, for example, dopamine would be a dopamine antagonist. A drug that mimics the function of dopamine would be a dopamine agonist. Either is probably bad for you... --Chinasaur 03:44, 28 Apr 2005 (UTC)