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Why have I been prescribed an anticholinergic?
Certain types of medication (known as antipsychotics or neuroleptics) used to treat schizophrenia, psychosis and
similar conditions, may give some people "the shakes". They can also make some people feel stiff, which is
uncomfortable and painful. You have been prescribed an anticholinergic to help prevent or relieve some of these side
effects. They don’t help all the side effects of antipsychotics. They can even make some worse. If they don’t help you
much, other options are available.
Anticholinergics are also used to treat the symptoms of certain conditions such as Parkinson's disease and other
What are anticholinergics?
“Anticholinergics” is the name of a group of medicines prescribed to relieve these side effects.
Examples of anticholinergics are procyclidine (‘Kemadrin’), orphenadrine (‘Disipal’), benzhexol or trihexyphenidyl
(‘Artane’) and benztropine (‘Cogentin’).
Are anticholinergics safe to take?
It is usually safe to have anticholinergics as prescribed by your doctor, but they don’t suit everyone. Let your doctor
know if any of the following apply to you, as extra care may be needed:
a) If you have glaucoma, or suffer from liver, heart, stomach, kidney or prostate trouble:
b) If you are pregnant, breast feeding, or wish to become pregnant.
How should I take my anticholinergic?
Look at the label on your medicine; it should have all the necessary instructions on it. Follow this advice carefully. If
you have any questions, speak to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. Most medicines are now dispensed with an
What should I do if I miss a dose?
Never change your dose without checking with your doctor. If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember, as
long as it is within a few hours of the usual time. Sometimes these drugs may be taken only when you think you need
them, rather than regularly. Work out with your doctor the best way for you to take these tablets.