|(trye heks ee FEN i
|Foreign Brand Names|
|Apo-Trihex® (Canada); Novo-Hexidyl® (Canada); PMS-Trihexyphenidyl (Canada); Trihexyphen® (Canada); Hipokinon®
Anticholinergic Agent; Anti-Parkinson's Agent (Anticholinergic)|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to trihexyphenidyl or any other part of the
- If you have any of the following conditions: Narrow-angle glaucoma,
blockage in the gastrointestinal tract, severe peptic ulcer disease, blockage in
the urinary tract, myasthenia
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used for the treatment of Parkinson's disease
- It is also used to treat side effects related to mood stabilizing
medicines and those used for
|How does it work?|
- When used in Parkinson's disease and with mood stabilizing medicines,
it improves the chemical balance in the
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with food.
- Make sure you are drinking enough liquids unless told to drink less by
healthcare provider. Avoid products with caffeine.
- A liquid (elixir) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Those who
have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and
after medicine is given.
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- If you are 65 or older, you may have more side effects.
- Men 65 or older with problems urinating should not take this medicine.
- You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities
until you see how this medicine affects you.
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) and other medicines
and herbs that slow your actions and reactions. This includes sedatives,
tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, or pain medicine. Talk with healthcare
- Be careful in hot weather. Can increase risk of heat stroke.
- You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid lots of sun. Use sunscreen;
wear protective clothing and eyewear.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Feeling sleepy, lightheaded, dizzy, or having blurred vision. Avoid
driving, doing other tasks or activities that require you to be alert until you
see how this medicine affects you.
- Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may
- Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing
diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.
- Unable to pass urine. Go to the bathroom before taking medicine. Talk
with healthcare provider if it becomes a
|What should I monitor?|
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Changes in thinking clearly and logically.
- Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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