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Tetrabenazine is used in the treatment of huntington's disease

How it works

Tetrabenazine works by depleting the stores of certain chemical messengers in the brain that help control body movement.

Common side effects

Nausea, Parkinson-like syndrome, Drowsiness, Anxiety, Confusion, Constipation, Decreased blood pressure, Depression, Diarrhoea, Difficulty in swallowing, Insomnia, Vomiting

Available Medicine

Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you are suffering from mild to severe liver disorder, a heart condition known as long QT syndrome and irregular heart rhythm.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of  neuroleptic malignant syndrome characterized by mental changes such as confusion, hallucinations, stiffness in muscles and an increased body temperature.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as tetrabenazine may cause dizziness.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant and/or breastfeeding.

Content on this page was last updated on 29 December, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)