Active Ingredient: The active ingredient in this medication is Trihexyphenidyl, which is an oral anticholinergic agent used predominantly in the symptomatic therapy of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. This component has not been associated with serum enzyme elevations during treatment but has been implicated in rare cases of acute liver injury.
Indications: Trihexyphenidyl composed medicine is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or involuntary movements due to the side effects of certain psychiatric drugs i.e. antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine/haloperidol. Artane belongs to a class of medication called anticholinergics that work by blocking a certain natural substance. It also helps decrease muscle stiffness, sweating, and the production of saliva, and helps improve walking ability in people with Parkinson’s disease.
This drug can stop severe muscle spasms of the back, neck, and eyes that are sometimes caused by psychiatric drugs. It can also decrease other side effects such as muscle stiffness/rigidity. It is not helpful in treating movement problems caused by other conditions.
Action Mechanism: This mentioned medicine is used along with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance and to control extrapyramidal symptoms such as tremor, slurred speech caused by certain medications. This medicine is in a class of medications called antimuscarinics. Artane works by relaxing muscles and nerve impulses that control the function of muscles.
Dosages: This medicine is available for oral consumption and in dosage as mentioned below:
- 2 mg: This medicine shall be consumed usually 3 to 4 times a day with meals and at bedtime, or as directed by the doctor
- 5 mg: It shall be taken 3 to 4 times a day exactly as advised by the doctor
Note: Be cautious while driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. This medication may cause dizziness or blurred vision. If you experience dizziness or blurred vision, avoid these activities.
What is Artane?
Artane alters unusual nerve impulses and relaxes stiff muscles. Artane is used to treat the stiffness, tremors, spasms, and poor muscle control of Parkinson’s disease.
How should Artane be consumed?
Take Artane exactly as directed by your doctor. To ensure and get a correct dose, measure the liquid form with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon.
How much to take Artane?
The starting dose is usually 1mg on the first day. The dose may then be increased by 2 mg at a time every three to five days until a total dose of 6 to 10 mg is taken daily.
What should be avoid while consuming Artane?
Artane may cause dizziness or blurred vision. If you experience dizziness or blurred vision, avoid certain activities.
What other drugs shall affect Artane?
Using Artane with other drugs shall make drowsy and worsen the effects. Ask doctor before using opioid medication, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures.