Disorders and Treatment
- Mental Illness
- Bipolar Disorder
- Mood Disorders
- Borderline Personality
- Mental Health Diagnosis
- Mental Health Treatments
- Alternative Meds
- Case Studies
Trihexyphenidyl ( Artane ) is an antiparkinsonian drug in a class of drugs referred to as antidyskinetics. It is used in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease and to control movement side effects of antipsychotic drugs. It improves muscle control and decreases the stiffness and tremors.
Antacids containing aluminum or magnesium should not be taken one hour before taking this drug and never right after. Check with your physician if you are taking central nervous system depressants like antihistamines, hay fever medicines, sedatives, narcotics, anesthetics, barbiturates or muscle relaxants.
The habit-forming potential is none and long term use poses no danger.
Do not take this drug if you are pregnant ( Only take if the mother's or baby's life is endangered. )
Do not take this drug if planning to become pregnant.
Do not take if you are breast-feeding. Children may take this drug, but most be under the care of a pediatrician or children's psychiatrist. Only use drug in small doses at first if over sixty and with close monitoring.
Do not use if: You had negative reactions to this drug or any other drug that treats movement disorders in the past.
Inform your Doctor if: You had negative reactions to this drug or any other drug that treats movement disorders in the past. If you have epilepsy, asthma, glaucoma, urinary problems, heart problems, kidney/liver disease or an enlarged prostate. If you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription drug. If you plan to be under anesthesia or having any surgery in the next few months, also if you will be undergoing any medical tests.
Trihexyphenidyl ( Symptoms or Effects )
Common: Dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, sensitivity to light, nausea / vomiting, drowsiness or decreased sweating.
Rare: Dizziness / lightheadedness, sever headache, anxiety, numbness / tingling in hands/feet, muscle cramps, eye pain, skin rash, memory loss, confusion or problems urinating.
See physician always: Nausea / vomiting, dizziness / lightheadedness, sever headache, anxiety, numbness / tingling in hands / feet, muscle cramps, eye pain, skin rash, memory loss, confusion or problems urinating.
See physician if severe: Dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, sensitivity to light, drowsiness or decreased sweating.
Stop taking and see physician NOW: Eye pain, skin rash or problems urinating.
The information provided on the PsyWeb.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of PsyWeb.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.