Tetrabenazine Side Effects
It is possible that some side effects of tetrabenazine may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
For the Consumer
Applies to tetrabenazine: oral tablet
As well as its needed effects, tetrabenazine may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking tetrabenazine, check with your doctor immediately:More common
- Body aches or pain
- difficulty in breathing
- difficulty with swallowing
- ear congestion
- fear or nervousness
- feeling sad or empty
- inability to sit still
- lack of appetite
- loss of balance control
- loss of interest or pleasure
- loss of voice
- mask-like face
- nasal congestion
- need to keep moving
- relaxed and calm
- runny nose
- shuffling walk
- sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
- slow movement or reflexes
- slurred speech
- sore throat
- stiffness of arms and legs
- tic-like (jerky) movements of the head, face, mouth, and neck
- trembling and shaking of fingers and hands
- trouble concentrating
- trouble sleeping
- trouble with balance
- unable to sleep
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Burning while urinating
- changes in patterns and rhythms of speech
- cough producing mucus
- difficult or painful urination
- shortness of breath
- tightness in chest
- trouble in speaking
- trouble in walking
If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking tetrabenazine, get emergency help immediately:Symptoms of overdose
- Blurred vision
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
- fixed position of the eye
- inability to move eyes
- increased blinking or spasms of the eyelid
- mood or mental changes
- nausea and vomiting
- seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
- shakiness in legs, arms, hands, or feet
- sticking out of tongue
- trembling or shaking of hands or feet
- uncontrolled twisting movements of neck, trunk, arms, or legs
- unusual facial expressions
Some tetrabenazine side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:More common
- large, flat, blue, or purplish patches in the skin
- Decreased appetite
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to tetrabenazine: oral tablet
Psychiatric side effects have included sedation, somnolence, insomnia, depression, anxiety, irritability, and obsessive reaction.
Nervous system side effects have included akathisia, balance difficulty, Parkinsonism, bradykinesia, dizziness, dysarthria, and unsteady gait.
Other side effects have included fatigue, falls, and ecchymosis.
Respiratory side effects have included upper respiratory tract infection, shortness of breath, and bronchitis.
Genitourinary side effects have included dysuria.
Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea and vomiting.
Cardiovascular side effects have included hypotension.
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