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Akineton Side Effects

Generic name: biperiden

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 13, 2021.

Note: This document contains side effect information about biperiden. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Akineton.

For the Consumer

Applies to biperiden: oral tablets

Side effects include:

Dry mouth, blurred vision, drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, agitation, mental confusion.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to biperiden: oral tablet

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included drowsiness, choreic movements, reduced rapid eye movement sleep, and anticholinergic syndrome. Symptoms of central anticholinergic syndrome include: dilated, sluggish pupils; warm, dry skin; flushing; decreased respiratory tract secretions; foul breath; increased body temperature; decrease bowel sounds; urinary retention; tachycardia/cardiac arrhythmias;delirium, disorientation, anxiety, hallucinations, confusion, incoherence; agitation; hyperactivity, ataxia, loss of memory; paranoia; combativeness and seizures. Central anticholinergic syndrome may progress to stupor, coma, paralysis, cardiac/respiratory arrest and death. Orthostatic dizziness, hypokinesia, and headache have also been reported.[Ref]

A case of choreic movements was reported in a patient on concomitant therapy of biperiden and carbidopa/levodopa.[Ref]


Gastrointestinal side effects have included dry mouth, constipation, gastric irritation, nausea, vomiting, and increased salivation.[Ref]


Psychiatric side effects have included euphoria, disorientation, agitation, disturbed behavior, and concentration difficulties.[Ref]


Other side effects have included asthenia.[Ref]


Hypersensitivity side effects have included allergic skin reactions.[Ref]


Genitourinary side effects have included urinary retention.[Ref]


Ocular side effects have included blurred vision.[Ref]


Postural hypotension and bradycardia may be minimized or eliminated by slow intravenous administration.[Ref]

Cardiovascular side effects have included postural hypotension and bradycardia when administered parenterally.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Akineton HCl (biperiden)." Par Pharmaceutical Inc, Spring Valley, NY.

2. Baskak B, Atbasoglu EC, Ozguven HD, Saka MC, Gogus AK "The effectiveness of intramuscular biperiden in acute akathisia: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study." J Clin Psychopharmacol 27 (2007): 289-94

Further information

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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.