Glossary of terms
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Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors: drugs that block the action of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase that quickly breaks down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
ACP: advance care planning or advance care plan (a non-legally binding document that is reviewed and updated as a person’s views or situation change that must be taken into account when acting in a person’s best interests).
Adjuvant analgesics: drugs used to increase pain tolerance when conventional analgesics are non-effective.
ADRT: advance decision to refuse treatment.
Advanced directives: instructions given by a person before they become mentally or physically incapacitated, that covers their future care and may include ADRT and Enduring Power of Attorney.
Anticholinergics: agents that block the passage of impulses through the parasympathetic nerves.
Antimuscarinics: an agent that counteracts the effects of muscarine or blocks the muscarinic receptors.
Apomorphine: a drug used for acute, intermittent treatment of hypomobility episodes in advanced parkinsonism.