Compare Artane vs. bromocriptine

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Treats Parkinson's disease.

Artane (trihexyphenidyl) can be used to control tremors if you have Parkinson's, but it can really dry you out and cause other side effects.

Used with other medicines to treat Parkinson's disease, and to stabilize certain hormones.

Parlodel (bromocriptine) is a good medicine to add to other medicines for Parkinson's disease when they start to not work so well.

Upsides
  • Artane (trihexyphenidyl) can be used with other medicines and in people with advanced Parkinson's who still have tremors.
  • Effective by itself for people under 70 with Parkinson's who only have problems with tremors.
  • Less severe side effects compared to other medicines for tremors.
  • Available as generic.
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) is a good choice to take with other medicines for Parkinson's disease because it raises your dopamine levels differently than others.
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) is available as generic.
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) pills can be broken in half for more personalized dosing.
Downsides
  • Not recommended in people over 65 or in people with memory problems.
  • Artane (trihexyphenidyl) only calms down tremors because of Parkinson's, but it doesn't treat other symptoms.
  • Can't be used in people with glaucoma or an enlarged prostate.
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) is only recommended for Parkinson's disease to take with other medicines. It's not a first choice medicine.
  • Your doctor might have to change the dose of Parlodel (bromocriptine) often.
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Side effects
The Artane (trihexyphenidyl) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
9possible side effects
  • Nausea
    18%
  • Constipation
    14%
  • Low blood pressure
    6%
  • Loss of appetite
    4%
  • Dry mouth/stuffy nose
    4%
  • Indigestion
    4%
  • Cold arms/legs
    3%
  • Drowsiness
    3%
  • Vomiting
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    • Abruptly stopping Artane (trihexyphenidyl)
  • Drowsiness and dizziness
  • Vision problems
    • Narrow angle glaucoma
  • Dehydration
    • Over age 65
  • Fever and heat stroke
    • Dehydration
    • Prolonged exposure to hot conditions
    • Alcohol
    • Manual laborers
  • Psychiatric problems
    • Over age 65
    • History of mental or psychiatric problems
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  • Sleepiness
  • Low blood pressure
  • High blood pressure
    • Having high blood pressure
    • Delivering a baby
  • Blood vessel issues
    • Acromegaly (Higher growth hormone in the body)
    • History of stomach ulcers
  • Lack of impulse control
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
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