Generic Name: Deutetrabenazine (du tet ra BEN a zeen)
Brand Name: Austedo
- This medicine may raise the chance of low mood (depression) in people with Huntington's disease. The risk may be greater in people who have had low mood or thoughts or actions of suicide in the past. Watch people who take Austedo (deutetrabenazine) closely. Call the doctor right away if signs like low mood, nervousness, restlessness, grouchiness, panic attacks, or changes in mood or actions are new or worse. Call the doctor right away if any thoughts or actions of suicide occur.
Uses of Austedo:
- It is used to treat disabling involuntary movements in Huntington's chorea.
- It is used to treat tardive dyskinesia.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Austedo?
- If you have an allergy to Austedo (deutetrabenazine) or any part of Austedo (deutetrabenazine).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have or have ever had low mood (depression) or thoughts of killing yourself.
- If you have liver disease.
- If you have ever had a long QT on ECG or other heartbeat that is not normal.
- If you have taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for Parkinson's disease like selegiline or rasagiline in the last 14 days. Taking Austedo (deutetrabenazine) within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure.
- If you are taking reserpine or have taken it within the last 20 days.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Tetrabenazine or valbenazine.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Austedo (deutetrabenazine).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Austedo (deutetrabenazine) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Austedo?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Austedo (deutetrabenazine). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how Austedo (deutetrabenazine) affects you.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- If you have Huntington's disease, your signs can still get worse while you use drugs like this one. Call your doctor right away if you have any signs that are new or worse.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Austedo (deutetrabenazine) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Austedo) best taken?
Use Austedo (deutetrabenazine) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take Austedo (deutetrabenazine) with food.
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Keep taking Austedo (deutetrabenazine) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- If you have trouble swallowing, talk with your doctor.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it, with food.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- If you miss 7 days of Austedo (deutetrabenazine), call your doctor to find out what to do.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI) like blood in the urine, burning or pain when passing urine, feeling the need to pass urine often or right away, fever, lower stomach pain, or pelvic pain.
- Trouble controlling body movements that is new or worse.
- Change in balance.
- Shakiness, trouble moving around, or stiffness.
- Feeling very sleepy.
- Feeling confused.
- Feeling agitated.
- Change in eyesight.
- A fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Dizziness or passing out.
- Nipple discharge.
- Enlarged breasts.
- Not able to get or keep an erection.
- For women, no period.
- A very bad and sometimes deadly health problem called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) may happen. Call your doctor right away if you have any fever, muscle cramps or stiffness, dizziness, very bad headache, confusion, change in thinking, fast heartbeat, heartbeat that does not feel normal, or are sweating a lot.
What are some other side effects of Austedo?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling sleepy.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Dry mouth.
- Not able to sleep.
- Nose or throat irritation.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Austedo?
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- Keep lid tightly closed.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Austedo (deutetrabenazine), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Austedo (deutetrabenazine) or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Austedo (deutetrabenazine). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Austedo (deutetrabenazine). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Austedo (deutetrabenazine).
Review Date: March 7, 2018
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