A couple of conditions can be treated with Artane. Uses of the drug include the treatment of Parkinson's disease (and other similar conditions) and extrapyramidal disorders caused by antipsychotic medications. Artane is not specifically approved for use in children. Occasionally, healthcare providers may also recommend off-label Artane uses, such as for treating excessive salivation due to medications or other causes.
Artane® (trihexyphenidyl hydrochloride) is a prescription medication. It belongs to a group of medicines known as anticholinergics. It is approved to treat the following conditions:
- Parkinson's disease and other similar conditions (when used in combination with other medications)
- Extrapyramidal disorders (movement or muscle tension disorders) caused by antipsychotic medications.
Artane is approved to treat parkinsonism, which includes Parkinson's disease and several other Parkinson's-like conditions. Specifically, it is approved to treat the following:
- Parkinson's disease
- Postencephalic parkinsonism
- Arteriosclerotic parkinsonism.
(Please see Parkinsonism for more information on these different types of parkinsonism.)
Although other types of medications (typically carbidopa-levodopa medicines) are the mainstay of Parkinson's disease treatment, Artane can be helpful when used in addition to such medications.