Parkinsonism refers to any condition that can cause tremors, slow movement, speech impairment, or other symptoms that resemble Parkinson’s disease where the neurotransmitter called dopamine is greatly decreased. Not everyone with Parkinsonism has Parkinson’s disease. Those with conditions such as a repeated head injury, drugs (especially antipsychotics), toxins, and Alzheimer’s disease can benefit from taking Kemadrin or generic Procyclidine to help relieve their symptoms by increasing dopamine levels. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Kemadrin will work as an anticholinergic drug, also called an antimuscarinic. Neurotransmitters, in this case dopamine, function as a chemical messenger in your brain between the nerve cells with each one having a job to carry out. There is usually a balance between the activity of dopamine and acetylcholine in your brain. Parkinsonism can develop if dopamine levels are deficient and acetylcholine will now be overactive and cause contractions of your cardiac, skeletal, and smooth muscles.
When taken as directed, Kemadrin will block the receptors that acetylcholine acts on in order to reduce its activity which will help to restore the acetylcholine/dopamine balance. This action will decrease your muscle contractions and slow down nerve signals so your tremors and other Parkinson’s disease symptoms will be reduced.
Kemadrin is also prescribed to treat those taking antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia and other major psychiatric disorders where the dopamine levels are blocked to reduce their symptoms. However, this key neurotransmitter is important for helping to smooth out muscle movements and the meds can decrease this action and symptoms of Parkinsonism may appear.
Coping with Parkinsonism can also be easier for you with a change in your lifestyle by staying active, exercising, taking part in physical and occupational therapy, modifying your environment with grab bars in your bath/shower, and removing obstacles that you could trip over.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding before taking Kemadrin to avoid possible health risks to your unborn or nursing baby. To determine if Kemadrin is safe for you to take, discuss other medical conditions or allergies with your doctor and list any current OTC or Rx drugs you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements.
Until you know how Kemadrin will affect you, do not attempt any task that could result in injury if you are impaired in any way. Do not stop, start, or change your dosage of any meds, including Kemadrin, without consulting with your doctor. Keep Kemadrin out of children’s reach and never share your meds with anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms.