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Akitan is an anticholinergic medication used for treating Parkinsons illness and related conditions such as parkinsonism, dystonia, and akathasia. Akitans effects have been shown to have an effective and significant therapeutic value in the management of the symptoms of parkinsonism. It counteracts the effect of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and balances the levels of acetylcholine and dopamine in the body which may help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's illness in its early stages. It can also be used to treat movement disorders resulting from the use of other antipsychotic medication. Aside from its anticholinergic effect, it also has an observed antihistaminic activity approaching that of pyrilamine maleate.

It is available in pill form in 0.5 mg, 1 mg or 2 mg dosages and is available in brand names such a Cogentin.

It is usually prescribed for most forms of parkinsonism and movement disorders resulting from use of antipsychotic medications, with the exception of tardive dyskenesia. It is also a useful part of Parkinson's illness treatment where it helps reduce symptoms of tremors rather than the stiffness of motion. Sufferers of dystonia also benefit from Akitan as it can relax the sudden contortions of the limbs and torso that these patients can suffer.

Akitan is often administered using the lowest dose possible, with the doctor monitoring the patient's condition as the dosage is increased by 0.5mg every 5 to 6 days, up to a maximum dose of 6 mg. This is to find the optimal dose for the patient using the least amount of medicine.

Usually the doctor will instruct the patient to take the medicine 2 to 4 times each day along with meals and before bedtime or as a single dose taken at bedtime. The doctor may modify dosage as he sees fit to the patient's condition.

Akitan should be taken at least an hour before taking antacids containing calcium, magnesium or aluminum. Also allow one to two hours before and after taking Akitan when taking adsorbent diarrhoea medication containing pectin, kaolin or attapulgite as this may affect absorption of Akitan. If you are taking ketoconazole, do not take Akitan until two hours after the ketoconazole dose as it may affect the absorption of the keotconazole.

If Akitan is being taken to counteract side effects caused by another antipsychotic medication, your doctor may tell you to take it only as necessary. The doctor may also alter the dosage of the other medications you are taking. Follow the doctor's instructions carefully.

In rare cases, an addiction may arise from the use of this medication. Do not extend your treatment or increase your dose. Proper stopping of treatment will be essential, but in certain cases an abrupt discontinuing of dose may aggravate certain symptoms so the doctor may design an increasingly lowered dose until you can safely stop taking the medication.

Dizziness, constipation, nausea, somnolence, blurred vision or a dry mouth may occur as a side effect of Akitan use. The side effects may reduce as you get used to the medication, but if any of these effects worsen or persist, consult your doctor.

Inform your doctor of any occurrence of high fevers, severe stomach pain, any difficulty in passing urine, weakness or a decrease in sexual ability. However, if you feel chest pains, dizziness which results in fainting, mood swings or mental disturbances, irregular heartbeats or symptoms of extreme allergic reactions such as rashes, fever or inflammation, seek medical attention immediately.

Inform your doctor of any existing medical conditions, including heart illness, glaucoma, gastrointestinal disorders such as ulcers and blockage, liver illness, other mental and movement disorders, high blood pressure, or disorders causing difficulty in voiding.

Be aware of the somnolence Akitan may cause, and avoid spending time in poorly ventilated and hot areas as some users may experience an increase in body temperature.

Akitan has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of akitan

• Molecular formula of akitan is C21H25NO
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 3-benzhydryloxy-8-methyl-8-azabicyclo[3.2.1]octane
• Molecular weight is 307.429 g/mol
Akitan available : 0,5mg tablets, 1mg tablets and 2mg tablets

Generic name: Benztropine

Brand name(s): Benzatropina, Benzatropine, Benzatropinum, Benztropine mesylate, Benztropinum, Cobrentin, Cogentin, Cogentine, Cogentinol

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