What You Need to Know About Procyclidine
Procyclidine is a prescription medication that treats involuntary muscle movements. It’s used to treat people with conditions like Parkinson’s disease. It’s also used to reduce the side effects of various antipsychotic medications for people with schizophrenia. The drug works by blocking a compound in the body called acetylcholine, reducing rigidity and muscle stiffness.
Parkinson’s Disease is a long-term disorder of the nervous system that heavily effects motor functions. The symptoms come on slowly over years of time. The disease brings shaking, slowness of movement, and difficulty walking. Later, thinking and behavioral problems can also happen. Then, in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s, dementia is common.
Procyclidine has shown to greatly improve mobility with Parkinson’s disease in its early and late stages. The drug can also cause the body to stop producing normal levels of sweat and saliva, but it could be helpful to those who suffer from muscle spasms caused by certain psychiatric drugs.
The drug is also sometimes used to treat dystonia, a rare muscle disorder that causes abnormal muscle contraction, which, in turn, causes twisting postures of the limbs, face or trunk.
Procyclidine is a part of a special class of drugs called anticholinergics, and these types of drugs can stop severe muscle spasms of the back, eyes, neck, and shoulders.
Like any other drug, Procyclidine can also cause dependency, withdrawal symptoms, and addiction. Individuals will sometimes fake certain symptoms in an attempt to secure Procyclidine. Since the drug slows breathing, combining it with another substance like alcohol can have devastating results. Addiction treatment may be needed.
Certain groups of people should not be taking Procyclidine, even if they’ve been diagnosed with one of the conditions above. The drug has been proven to have bad interactions with glaucoma patients, and there is also no reason why a child should be taking Procyclidine.
Also, the safety of this drug and pregnancy has not been established yet. Those who are pregnant should avoid Procyclidine. It also shouldn’t be taken by people who have hypertension. As with many other drugs, the risk of side effects is much higher with the elderly.
Procyclidine Abuse Side Effects
Even when taken exactly as directed, Procyclidine brings with it a long list of unpleasant psychological and physical effects. Many people will notice feeling very drowsy or even dizzy when first taking Procyclidine. Other symptoms like nausea, constipation, blurry vision, flushing and dry mouth are also common.
Procyclidine is linked with addictive behavior. If you take Procyclidine with anti-anxiety or anti-seizure medications, serious consequences can result. Antihistamines can also react negatively with Procyclidine.
If you’re required to take Procyclidine for an extended period of time, it’s possible these symptoms may eventually disappear.
If your medical history includes alcohol or drug abuse, taking Procyclidine is not wise, as it may be addictive. You should also exercise caution in hot weather or during vigorous activity because the risk of hyperthermia is high with this drug.
Procyclidine hydrochloride can come in the form of the popular drug called Kemadrin. Additional side effects of Kemadrin include giddiness, lightheadedness, gastrointestinal problems, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Occasionally, an allergic reaction could occur, such as a skin rash.
Overdose with Procyclidine abuse is very possible, especially when combined with alcohol. If you notice symptoms such as shallow breathing, unconsciousness, fever, flushed or hot and dry skin, dilated pupils or a slow heartbeat, get professional medical help immediately.
Signs of an overdose from Procyclidine abuse include agitation, confusion, fast heartbeat, and intense sleeplessness that can last longer than 24 hours. The pupils can become dilated and unreactive to light. It’s also possible for some users to have hallucinations, both audible and visual.
Other overdose symptoms from Procyclidine abuse include seizures, clumsiness, flushed skin, severe drowsiness in the throat, mouth, and nose, altered mood or other mental changes, and shortness of breath or breathing troubles. Physostigmine is a reversal drug that can be used at hospitals for Procyclidine overdose reversal.
Even though Procyclidine’s effectiveness is strong with Parkinson’s disease patients, there is mounting evidence that strongly suggests that the drug can cause addictive behavior, especially in those with a past history of drug addiction or a mental or behavioral health disorder.
Some patients in Britain have reportedly visited the emergency department multiple times in an attempt to get Procyclidine by faking certain conditions.
Am I Addicted to Procyclidine?
If you take Procyclidine, and you think you have an addiction problem, ask yourself:
- Have I sought out Procyclidine by faking symptoms of a condition such as dystonia?
- Do I take more Procyclidine than I am supposed to?
- Have I taken so much Procyclidine that I suffered a psychotic episode or can’t remember what happened?
- Do I spend increasingly more time thinking about or planning trips to get Procyclidine?
- Have I taken Procyclidine from someone who really needs it in order to get high?
- Do I suffer from withdrawal symptoms when I stop taking Procyclidine and go back to using so they’ll go away?
- Do I combine Procyclidine with other substances such as alcohol to get a stronger high?
If any of these sound familiar, we can help.
Procyclidine Abuse Treatment
Quitting Procyclidine abuse can be extremely difficult when you try to do it alone. Detox or weening off could be life-threatening and is not recommended without assistance. At 12 Keys Rehab, we help people get better through treatment every day.
From medically monitored detox to comprehensive holistic care customized for your specific needs, we can help you recover from the physical, emotional and spiritual damage caused by addiction.
You do not have to let a drug like Procyclidine control your decisions. You can get sober and start living a lifestyle defined by freedom. Don’t wait for your problem to get worse. The longer you wait, the harder it will be for you to quit.
Why let substance abuse take control of your life? Call us now for a no-obligation consultation — the call is free and confidential — and let us help you find your path to freedom.