cevimeline hydrochloride

Definition / meaning of cevimeline hydrochloride

A cholinergic analogue with glandular secretion stimulatory activity. Cevimeline binds to and activates muscarinic receptors, thereby increasing the secretions in exocrine salivary and sweat glands. This cholinergic agonist also increases the tone of smooth muscle in the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. Cevimeline is being studied as a treatment for dry mouth caused by radiation therapy to the head and neck.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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