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Artane (Generic Trihexyphenidyl)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Parkinson’s disease (PD), a neurological illness that impairs movement, muscular control, and balance, is treated with trihexyphenidyl in combination with other drugs. It is also used to treat extrapyramidal symptoms (tremor, slurred speech) brought on by specific medications. Trihexyphenidyl belongs to the group of drugs known as antimuscarinics. It functions by calming down the nerve impulses and muscles that control movement.

How should this medicine be used?

Trihexyphenidyl is available as a liquid and tablet for oral use. It is typically taken three or four times per day, with or without food. Every day, take trihexyphenidyl around the same time(s). Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the trihexyphenidyl directions exactly. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.

Without first seeing your doctor, do not abruptly discontinue taking trihexyphenidyl, especially if you are also taking other drugs. Parkinson’s disease symptoms could reappear after a sudden pause.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking trihexyphenidyl,

  • If you have an allergy to trihexyphenidyl, any other drugs, or any of the substances in trihexyphenidyl preparation, tell your doctor and pharmacist right away. For a list of the ingredients, consult your physician or pharmacist or look on the label of the container.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Incorporate any of the following: tranquillizers.
  • Inform your physician if you now have or previously had glaucoma, high blood pressure, urinary tract or prostate issues, stomach issues, or heart, kidney, or liver disease.
  • If you are breastfeeding a child or intend to become pregnant, let your doctor know. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking trihexyphenidyl.
  • You should let your doctor or dentist know if you are taking trihexyphenidyl if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
  • If you are 65 years of age or older, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of taking trihexyphenidyl with your doctor. Trihexyphenidyl is typically not recommended for older persons to consume since it is less reliable and less efficient than alternative drugs that can be used to treat the same issue.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects from trihexyphenidyl could exist. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Unsteadiness or hazy eyesight
  • Mouth ache
  • Uneasy stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Having trouble urinating

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Rash
  • A hammering, rapid, or inconsistent heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations or delusions

Other negative effects of trichyphenidyl are possible. If you have any strange side effects while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right once.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. Your doctor will request specific laboratory tests to determine how you react to trihexyphenidyl.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Artane®
  • Tremin®
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