Akineton is licensed to treat Parkinson's disease and movement disorders caused by antipsychotic medications. As a type an anticholinergic medicine, it works by reestablishing a normal balance of chemicals in the nervous system. This prescription medication comes in tablet form and is typically taken one to four times a day. Common side effects of Akineton include nausea, constipation, and blurred vision.
What Is Akineton?Akineton® (biperiden hydrochloride) is a prescription medication approved for treating the following conditions:
- Parkinson's disease and similar conditions (when used in combination with other medications)
- Movement or muscle tension disorders (known as extrapyramidal symptoms) caused by antipsychotic medications.
How Does It Work?Akineton is an anticholinergic medication. This means that it works by blocking the effects of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter (a chemical in the nervous system). Normal muscle movement control requires a careful balance of acetylcholine and dopamine (another neurotransmitter). In Parkinson's disease, as well as extrapyramidal disorders caused by antipsychotic medications, dopamine levels are decreased, creating an imbalance between dopamine and acetylcholine. By blocking the effects of acetylcholine, Akineton helps to reestablish a normal balance between dopamine and acetylcholine.