What is Procyclidine used for?
Procyclidine is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including slow movements, shaking, drooling saliva, sweating, muscle stiffness and speech/walking/ writing difficulties. Procyclidine is also indicated for the treatment of Parkinsonism. This medicine is used to help reduce extrapyramidal side effects, such as uncontrollable face/body movements, tremors and restlessness, caused by psychiatric drugs (chlorpromazine, perphenazine, haloperidol, fluphenazine and others).
Procyclidine belongs to a group of medicines called anticholinergics. It works by blocking the effects of a certain natural substance (acetylcholine) in the brain.
Procyclidine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Procyclidine?
The dosage of Procyclidine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Procyclidine tablet after meals, or as directed by your doctor.
What if you miss a dose of Procyclidine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Procyclidine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.
What if you overdose on Procyclidine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Procyclidine, seek medical attention immediately.
Overdose symptoms of Procyclidine may include unconsciousness, hallucinations, widened pupils, confusion and fast or irregular heartbeat.
What other drugs could interact with Procyclidine?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Procyclidine.
Procyclidine can interact with the following types of medicines: phenothiazines, tricyclic antidepressants, antihistamines, monoamine oxidase inhibitors and antiarrhythmics.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Procyclidine, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Procyclidine?
Like other medicines, Procyclidine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Procyclidine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Procyclidine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Procyclidine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Procyclidine can cause side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, dilated pupils, muscle weakness and confusion. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Procyclidine.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Procyclidine?
Is it possible for me to take Procyclidine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Procyclidine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Procyclidine?
How will Procyclidine work in my body?
How should Procyclidine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Procyclidine drug interactions and side effects?
Before taking Procyclidine, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver problems, heart problems, muscle weakness, glaucoma, mental/mood problems, urinary problems, high blood pressure and intestinal problems (chronic constipation).
Procyclidine may cause decreased sweating and this may result in stroke during hot weather or when doing vigorous exercise. So avoid becoming overheated. Use caution while driving or operating machinery as Procyclidine may cause blurred vision or lightheadedness. While taking Procyclidine, avoid alcoholic beverages.
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Procyclidine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.