Artane (trihexyphenidyl) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as trembling, slow movements, rigid posture, and a shuffling, unbalanced walk. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s, but there is a range of treatments that can help reduce the severity of its symptoms.

It is available only with a doctor’s prescription and comes in both tablet and elixir form available in various strengths.

How Artane works

Artane belongs to a class of drugs known as antidyskinetics that work by targeting the part of the nervous system that regulates body movements.

It helps ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease by relaxing muscle tissues and acting on nerve impulses that control the function of muscles.

Studies involving Artane

There are various studies indicating that Artane is highly effective in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. For example, a study published in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment reveals that Artane is useful in the management of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in younger patients experiencing tremors.

Additionally, studies published in the Journal of Clinical Neurology and American Journal of Psychiatry reveal that Artane is effective in relieving the symptoms of drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP) when used in conjunction with other medications.

Other details

It can be used to treat spasms, stiffness, and tremors triggered by the use of  other drugs such as Trilafon (perphenazine) and Thorazine (chlorpromazine).

Some common side effects associated with Artane include nausea, blurred vision, dizziness, constipation, and nervousness. Some people using Artane may also experience drowsiness and confusion. All of these side effects may increase the risk of falls. Therefore, it is advisable that it is used only under the supervision of a healthcare provider.

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