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My neuro has me taking artane for the past month. I have tremor dominant parkinsonism. I felt it wasn't doing anything for the tremors. Called my dr, and he said stop taking the med. No weening off, just cold turkey. If the tremors get worse the artane works. Well, after about 36 hours I thought I'd have to go to the hospital, tremors and general shaking were horrible. Called the dr and he put me back on the artane. He feels that this was a test for the drug and now it's a matter of adjustment. He insists that weening off artane is not necessary. Is this correct?

 

 

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Chuck,

Depending on the dosage you were taking, it does not have any untoward effects on the body if it is stopped abruptly. 

You were only on it for a month, so I am guessing that the dosage was not that high. When a person has to slowly step down from a medication is when the dosage is high and/or they have been on the medication for a long period of time. 

I may not agree with how he did it, but I think he should have let you know that this is a trial run to see how you react.

I hope this helps and please keep me posted. 

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Thank you for your reply. I'm  now finally seeing a MDS. This doc. has me weaning off artane and will start me on sinemet in a few weeks. I'm down to 1 mg. twice a day of artane. I can really feel the tremors worsening inbetween doses. I guess the artane was working to some extent. 

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We don't realize how well a medication is working until we have to go without it.

Good luck and please keep me posted.

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