Our expert says:
In the old days ( I remember them as I am such an aged shrink ) many more of the drugs used commonly caused Parkinsonian side-effects, and there were a number of alternatives to use to diminish those side-effects. Akineton seemed to be rather a popular one, though there was also Disipal ( Orphenadrine ) and some others. I'm not sure which are still available, but its a crying shame if someone has taken Akineton off the market. Check it online also under its generic / chamical name, Biperiden. If its parent company has sadly stopped marketing it, isnt there a generic version available ?
I wonder ( neurologists would know ) what they use nowadays to treat Parkinson's Disease not due to drugs.
Try a hospital pharmacy, too, as I find they often carry stocks of drugs more commercially centred . mall-based pharmacies dont ( they concentrate on what cells most ).
Your own doc is probably best based to estimate what may be causing your distressing problems in concentration / memory. Many drugs can do this ( and such an effect is usually most noticeable when one's speaking one's second language which, however fluent we are, is less deeply embedded in one's brain )
You are on a considerable number of different drugs, and a fairly unusual combination, so your own doc who chose these, will be best placed to estimate which may, alone, or in combination, be causing this as a side-effect.
Sounds like this annoying effect is most noticeable in the morning ? This might, for instance, suggest it could be a hangover effect from the Dormonoct or other night meds.
Next time you see your doc, try writing or printing out a summary of your list of concerns, and give it to him to read.
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