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Brand name: Artane TM

Active ingredients: trihexyphenidyl (benzhexol)

What it is used for

As an adjunct in the therapy of all forms of Parkinsonism (postencephalitis, artencephalitis, arteriosclerotic and idiopathic). It is useful in the prevention or control of extrapyramidal disorders due to CNS drugs such as phenothiazines.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White tablet 3/8" (9.5mm) diameter; flat with bevelled edge. one side engraved, bisecting line; reverse plain.

Images are the copyright of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 September 2018. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Over 65?

This medicine contains the active ingredients:

If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient trihexyphenidyl (benzhexol)

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

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  • Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • GuildLink
  • DrugBank

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