Artane is the brand name for a medication called Trihexyphenidyl. It’s a medicational treatment that when used has the ability to change unusual nerve impulses and relax muscles that are stiff.
What are some of the other conditions this drug helps to treat or is it only used for one core purpose?
Artane can be used in order to offer treatment for not only stiffness, but it can help offer relief for tremors, spasms, as well as bad muscle control of Parkinson’s disease. In addition to this it can also be used in order to treat and stop the same muscular conditions when such conditions are brought on because of drugs such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), perphenazine (Trilafon), haloperidol (Haldol), thiothixene (Navane) as well as several others.
There are other uses for Artane, but these uses are to be determined by a doctor who will be able to better determine if such uses are appropriate in your case.
What’s some of the most important information you need to know about prior to using a medicational treatment such as Artane?
This treatment has the potential to make you feel tired and sleepy. As a result you don’t want to do anything that would lead to you putting others at risk. This would include making sure not to drive, operate heavy machinery or perform any other risky activities while feeling the mentioned symptoms. This treatment can also cause a person to feel dizzy or have blurry eyed vision. If you find that you’re experiencing any of these, you’ll also want to avoid the previously mentioned activities.
If you consume alcohol, then be sure to exercise caution when doing so with Artane. The reason for this is because alcohol is able to increase the intensity of feelings such as drowsiness and dizziness. If you can try to avoid alcohol altogether before using this drug.
Try to stay away from becoming overheated. Artane comes with the possibility of lowering sweating. This means the body can’t cool off the way it needs to and this can lead to heat stroke when the weather is hot. You can also experience overheating in this instance if you’re the type of person that engages in heavy exercise.
What’s the best way to take Artane in order to ensure you keep the possibility of side effects to a minimum?
Of course you’ll want to make sure you follow any specific doctor directions in order to keep problems to a minimum. Besides from this you’ll want to make sure you take Artane with a full glass of water. Water is preferred over any other type of liquid. You can also decide to take the treatment with meals or without them. The reason why it might be preferred to take it with meals is because this lowers the chances of you experiencing an upset stomach if you just took it without food.
If you decide to take this treatment or are told by a doctor that you have to take it, then what are some of the potential side effects you put yourself at risk for as a result?
Allergic reactions (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
Fast or irregular heartbeats
Anxiety, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, hyperactivity, or loss of consciousness
The above are some of the more serious side effects. Below are some of the less serious side effects and some of the more common.
Dryness of the mouth
Large pupils or blurred vision
Drowsiness or dizziness
Difficulty urinating or constipation
Nervousness or anxiety
In order to get a complete list of side effects, ask a doctor to provide you with the booklet for this medication.