What is Trihexyphenidyl?

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Trihexyphenidyl is anti-Parkinson's and anticholinergic agent used as adjunctive treatment of Parkinson's disease and for the treatment of drug-induced extrapyramidal symptoms.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's Disease 75 42
Tremor in hands 27 19
Tremor(s) 16 9
Dystonia 3 5
Stiffness/Spasticity 3 0
Drooling 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 14
Moderate 26
Mild 24
None 18

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Trihexyphenidyl

Side effect Patients
Cognitive confusion 9
Dry mouth 6
Word fishing 6
Sleepiness 4
Sleep problems 4
Dizziness 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Trihexyphenidyl

Dosage Patients
2 mg daily 4
4 mg daily 4
2 mg three times daily 2
2 mg twice daily 1
6 mg daily 1
2 mg four times daily 1
8 mg daily 1
10 mg daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
2 mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Trihexyphenidyl

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 23
Did not seem to work 16
Doctor's advice 16
Other 9
Personal research 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Trihexyphenidyl

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Trihexyphenidyl

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 54
Usually 21
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 18
Not at all hard to take 58
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 49
Not specified 27

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Trihexyphenidyl after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
Propranolol (Inderal) 1
Ropinirole (Requip) 1

Patients stopped taking Trihexyphenidyl and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 2
Propranolol (Inderal) 1
Rotigotine (Neupro Patch) 1
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10 patient evaluations for Trihexyphenidyl

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outdoorsguy
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outdoorsguy
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Jan 9, 2016 (Started Dec 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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palecarl
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palecarl
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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May 13, 2012 (Started Apr 28, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pd was progressing)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Complete exhaustion, Anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: lots of great changes at first, bladder control, sleeping better, less tremoring
Cost: < $25 monthly

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daddytom
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daddytom
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: moderate
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

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Mar 25, 2011 (Started Oct 12, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Loss of short term memory, Cognitive confusion)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I stopped Artane March 2011...the short term memory was causing some major problems in my life
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Cognitive confusion, Loss of short term memory

Jan 3, 2011 (Started Oct 12, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Loss of short term memory, Cognitive confusion)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Artane definitely helps with my tremors but it also cause some short term memory problems
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Cognitive confusion, Loss of short term memory

Apr 2, 2010 (Started Oct 12, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Loss of short term memory, Cognitive confusion)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was off Artane for several months, by my request. I started again because my tremors started getting bad again. I did not see any improvement in my memory loss while I was off of the artane
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Cognitive confusion, Loss of short term memory

Nov 20, 2009 (Started Oct 12, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Cognitive confusion)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Started taking Artane when diagnosed. It helped my tremors, but had a devastating effect on my short term memory. My neuro and I felt like it was time to start weaning me off of Artane on Oct 29,2009. I took my last dose morning of Nov 20, 2009. Went from 5mgs 4xdaily to 2.5 mgs 1xday over 3 weeks. Have not seen any real improvement over short term memory loss but over all feel better physically. My tremors have not increased significantly enough to warrant going back to Artane.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Cognitive confusion, Loss of short term memory

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