Kemadrin is used to treat the stiffness, tremors, spasms, and poor muscle control of Parkinson's disease by reducing the effects of certain chemicals in your body.
Kemadrin belongs to a class of medication called anticholinergics that work by blocking a certain natural substance (acetylcholine). This helps decrease muscle stiffness, sweating, and the production of saliva, and helps improve walking ability in people with Parkinson's disease. Kemadrin is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease or involuntary movements due to the side effects of certain psychiatric drugs (antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine or haloperidol).
Take Kemadrin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. For treatment of Parkinson's disease the recommended starting dose is 2.5 mg three times daily (after meals). Your doctor may increase your dose to 5 mg three times daily (after meals) or even four times daily (after meals and at bedtime). For treating extrapyramidal symptoms the recommended starting dosage is 2.5 mg three times daily (after meals). Your doctor will increase your dose as necessary. Most people do well with a dose of 10 mg to 20 mg total per day. Take each dose with a full glass of water. Take it at the same times each day.
Before taking Kemadrin you should talk with your doctor if you have enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia), psychosis, schizophrenia, glaucoma, rapid heart rate (tachycardia), difficulty passing urine, tardive dyskinesia, alcohol problem, blockage of the bladder, muscle disease, mental or mood problems, any allergies. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive or perform tasks that require alertness. Avoid alcoholic beverages. It may increase drowsiness and dizziness. Avoid becoming overheated.
You should not take Kemadrin if you are allergic to it, procyclidine hydrochloride, or any of the inactive components of this medication, or if you have angle closure glaucoma. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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Get emergency medical help if you have difficulty breathing, closing of your throat, hives, swelling of your lips, tongue, or face, unusual fever, fast or irregular heartbeat, anxiety, hallucinations, confusion, hyperactivity, or loss of consciousness, agitation, disorientation, unusual behavior, seizures, eye pain, rash, dry mouth, large pupils, blurred vision, drowsiness, difficulty urinating, constipation, upset stomach, decreased sweating. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: tricyclic antidepressants (doxepin, amitriptyline, clomipramine), phenothiazine, acetylcholinesterase (rivastigmine, tacrine, galantamine), pramlintide, antiarrhythmics (disopyramide, procainamide, quinidine), amantadine, digoxin, haloperidol, antihistamine (diphenhydramine, clemastine, brompheniramine), corticosteroids (prednisone), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid), narcotic pain relievers (meperidine). Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are fast or slow heartbeat, slow or shallow breathing, unconsciousness, seizures, loss of coordination, fever, dry skin, widened pupils, change in vision, change in the amount of urine, confusion, hallucinations, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, nervousness, muscle weakness, glaucoma, high blood pressure (hypertension), rapid heart rate (tachycardia).
Store the medicine at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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