Akineton® is a drug that is frequently used for Parkinson’s disease and for the so-called “extrapyramidal disorders”. Extrapyramidal side effects are a type of movement disorder that can be caused by medication, among other things. Akineton® is the trade name. The active ingredient is called Biperiden and belongs to the group of anticholinergics.
The dosage form of Akineton® are retard tablets or normal tablets. Retard means that the tablets release their active ingredient with a delay.
Fields of application
Akineton® showed in studies a good effectiveness with the following symptoms/diseases and has been used for many years: The tablets are only available on prescription and are usually only prescribed to adults. – Parkinson
- The side effects of other neuroleptics. Neuroleptics are drugs that can also be used to treat Parkinson’s disease. The side effects such as cramps and other movement disorders can be reduced by Akineton
The therapeutic dose is between 2mg and 16mg. Please consult your doctor. Never take more than your doctor has prescribed.
Akineton® must be taken slowly into the body and therefore always start with a low dose. The principle “a lot helps a lot” does not apply here. If your symptoms do not disappear within days it is normal, have your doctor adjust your dose.
Your doctor should also adjust your dose. The drug Akineton® should not be discontinued abruptly. Akineton® should be taken with water during or after a meal to protect your gastrointestinal tract. Alcohol can alter the effect of the medication and should not be taken.
Because this medicine affects your central nervous system (brain), there are many different side effects. However, they are not common. It may be too: Tiredness and drowsiness Mood swings Headache, nervousness, insomnia & anxiety Muscle twitching Dry mouth, decreased sweating Changes in heart rate (slower or faster) Vision problems, and glaucoma and gastrointestinal problems may occur.
If you notice any side effects, please discuss them with your doctor. Only your doctor can decide whether it is necessary to reduce the dose. In an emergency, he may also give you an antidote that can quickly eliminate serious side effects. – Tiredness and drowsiness
- Mood swings
- Headaches, nervousness, insomnia & anxiety
- Muscle twitching
- Dry mouth, reduced sweating
- Changed heartbeat sequence (slower or faster)
- Visual disorders, as well as glaucoma problems and
- Gastrointestinal problems are coming.
Side effects in combination with other drugs
Often different drugs influence each other. If you are also taking other medicines for Parkinson’s disease, such as levodopa, movement problems can occur. If you are taking other psychotropic drugs, for example for depression, you might also have movement problems. Allergy medications (antihistamines), neuroleptics and metoclopramide can also cause increased side effects. It is therefore important that you inform your doctor about any medication you are taking.