Procyclidine is an anticholinergic medication used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease and side effects of antipsychotic medications. It works by blocking the action of a certain natural substance in the body. This helps decrease muscle stiffness, sweating, and the production of saliva, and helps improve walking ability in people with Parkinson's disease.

Procyclidine FAQ


What is the main use of Procyclidine?

Procyclidine is mainly used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and the side effects of antipsychotic medications.

How does Procyclidine work?

Procyclidine works by blocking the action of a certain natural substance in the body, which helps in reducing muscle stiffness, sweating, and the production of saliva.

What are the possible side effects of Procyclidine?

Common side effects may include dry mouth, constipation, dizziness, and blurred vision. Notify your doctor if these effects persist or worsen.

How should I take Procyclidine?

Take Procyclidine by mouth, usually 3 to 4 times a day, with or without food. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.

Can Procyclidine be used for conditions other than Parkinson's disease?

It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What should I avoid while taking Procyclidine?

Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Procyclidine may decrease your ability to sweat, making you more likely to get heat stroke.

Is Procyclidine safe to use during pregnancy?

It is not known whether Procyclidine can harm an unborn baby. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Procyclidine?

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and the medications you use, especially of: glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, enlarged prostate, urinary retention, and any allergies.

Are there any food or drinks I should avoid while taking Procyclidine?

This medication may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be cautious while driving or doing anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

Can Procyclidine be used in children?

The safety and effectiveness of Procyclidine in pediatric patients have not been established; therefore, caution is advised when prescribing this drug in children.

How long does it take for Procyclidine to start working?

It may take a few weeks before the full benefits of Procyclidine are noticed. Continue using Procyclidine as directed and consult your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens.

What happens if I miss a dose of Procyclidine?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Procyclidine?

Alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of Procyclidine such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Limit alcoholic beverages.

What happens if I overdose on Procyclidine?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of Procyclidine can be fatal.

Is Procyclidine habit-forming?

Procyclidine has a low potential for abuse and addiction. It is not a controlled substance.

Can I stop taking Procyclidine suddenly?

Do not stop taking Procyclidine suddenly without consulting your doctor. Your condition may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped.

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Information provided by Maryam Abdullahi-Mahdi. Reviewed by Prof. Vijay Sangar