Generic Name:Tetrabenazine

Tetrabenazine is a prescribed medication which works by depleting the stores of certain chemicals called neurotransmitters within nerve cells in the brain. These neurotransmitters include dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline and are normally involved with the passage of messages between nerve cells in the brain and the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. Tetrabenazine reduces the amount of certain chemicals in the body that are overly active in people with Huntington's disease. Tetrabenazine is used to treat Huntington's chorea which is a problem with uncontrolled muscle movements. Tetrabenazine is mainly used to control movement disorders associated with diseases of the brain and nervous system, such as Huntington's chorea, but can also be used to control movement disorders caused by antipsychotic medicines. This medicine can be used in rhythmical involuntary movement of the tongue, face, mouth and jaw, which may sometimes be accompanied by involuntary movements of the arms and legs tardive dyskinesia

How to Use Tetrabenazine Tablets

  • Take Tetrabenazine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
  • You may need frequent eye exams while you are taking Tetrabenazine as it is a medicine for brains.

Caution before Use Tetrabenazine Tablets

  • This medicine may cause drowsiness. If affected do not drive or operate machinery.
  • This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients like Tetrabenazine.
  • Do not take Tetrabenazine with Alcohol as it may cause severe drowsiness which may risk your conditions.
  • Tetrabenazine should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding, as it may cause severe problems to the unborn child.

Tetrabenazine Tablets Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Tetrabenazine are as follows:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Mood or behavior changes, thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself
  • Feeling restless, agitated, or hyperactive (mentally or physically)
  • Tremor (uncontrolled shaking), restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Problems with balance
  • Dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeat
  • Very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, feeling like you might pass out
  • muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness with fever or flu symptoms and dark colored urine
  • Urinating less than usual or not at all, swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath.

Interactions and Overdose of Tetrabenazine Tablets

Xeenazine should not be taken at the same time as, or for 14 days following a course of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressants, as this can cause restlessness, disorientation and confusion. Tetrabenazine opposes the effects of levodopa. Tetrabenazine should not be taken with alcohol as this may increase the drowsiness.

Overdose symptoms of Tetrabenazine may include some of the serious side effects, and these conditions would require prompt medical action.


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