Drug Class: What is Artane and why is it prescribed?
Most important fact about this drug
Dosage: How should you take this medication?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication
Special information on Artane
Possible side effects of Artane
|Drug Class: What is Artane and why is it prescribed?|
|Artane is trihexyphenidyl hydrochloride.Artane is used, in conjunction with other drugs, for the relief of certain symptoms of Parkinson s disease, a brain disorder that causes muscle tremor, stiffness, and weakness. It is also used to control certain side effects induced by antipsychotic drugs such as Thorazine and Haldol. Artane works by correcting the chemical imbalance that causes Parkinson s disease.|
|Most important fact about this drug|
|Artane is not a cure for Parkinson s disease; it merely minimizes and reduces the frequency of symptoms such as tremors.|
|Dosage: How should you take this medication?|
You may take Artane either before meals or after meals, whichever you find more convenient. Your doctor will probably start you on a small amount and increase the dosage gradually. Take Artane exactly as prescribed. If the medication makes your mouth feel dry, try chewing gum, sucking mints, or simply sipping water. Artane comes in tablet and liquid form. With either, you will probably need to take 3 or 4 doses a day. Once you have reached the dosage that is best for you, your doctor may switch you
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication|
If you take Artane along with any of the drugs listed below, your doctor may need to adjust the dosage of Artane, the other medication, or possibly both.
|Special information on Artane|
|No specific information is available concerning the use of Artane during pregnancy or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking Artane, inform your doctor immediately.|
|Possible side effects of Artane|
| Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Artane.
Common side effects may include: Blurred vision, dry mouth, nausea, nervousness. These side effects, which appear in 30% to 50% of all people who take Artane, tend to be mild. They may disappear as your body gets used to the drug; if they persist, your doctor may want to lower your dosage
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