Akineton Warnings and Precautions
Specific Akineton Warnings and PrecautionsWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Akineton include the following:
- The medication can worsen (or even cause) glaucoma, bladder or prostate problems, or a rapid heart rate. If you have such problems, Akineton may not be right for you.
- Akineton should never be used to treat tardive dyskinesia. Not only is the drug ineffective for this use, it can actually make tardive dyskinesia worse.
- Akineton can cause drowsiness, confusion, or other mental problems that may interfere with your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery.
- Anticholinergic medications (such as Akineton) can inhibit the body's ability to cool itself by sweating. This can lead to heat stroke, especially in hot weather. People with alcohol problems and people who work in the heat may be especially prone to heat stroke. Let your healthcare provider know if you think this may be a problem for you, as it can be quite dangerous.
- Akineton can cause hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not really there) or other psychological problems. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop hallucinations while taking the drug.
- The medication can cause confusion, memory loss, or other Alzheimer's-like symptoms.
- Akineton can potentially interact with several medications (see Akineton Drug Interactions).
- Akineton is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Akineton and Pregnancy).
- It is not known if Akineton passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Akineton and Breastfeeding).