By Abbott Laboratories

What is this medication for?

This medication is used to treat Parkinson's disease along with other medications. It may also be used to reduce the shakiness and restlessness that can be caused by some tranquilizers or antipsychotic medications.

This medication acts on the nervous system and corrects the chemical imbalances that occur with Parkinson's disease. When used to treat Parkinson's disease, the full effect of biperiden does not usually appear until after the first 3 or 4 days of treatment. When used to reduce the shakiness and restlessness caused by tranquilizers, the effect appears within a few hours to a few days.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

Akineton® is available as:

  • tablets
    • 2 mg
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.

How should I use this medication?

The recommended adult starting dose to treat Parkinson's disease is 2 mg 3 to 4 times daily. It is then gradually increased to a maximum of 16 mg daily as needed to control symptoms, taken in 3 or 4 divided doses with or after food. For control of symptoms caused by other medications, the usual dose is 2 mg taken 1 to 3 times daily.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to biperiden or any ingredients of the medication
  • have an enlarged colon caused by constipation or other causes (megacolon)
  • have narrow-angle (closed-angle) glaucoma
  • have stomach or bowel blockage or obstruction
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