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Tetrabenazine is a generic prescription drug used to reduce involuntary movements in patients with Huntington’s Disease.
Huntington’s Disease is a hereditary, progressive condition in which nerves in the brain degenerate. This causes the person to lose the ability to control their thoughts, emotions, or movements. Tetrabenazine reduces a chemical that transmits signals between nerves. This helps reduce brain signals that trigger involuntary movements.
The brand names are commonly Xenazine and Nitoman among others.
Tetrabenazine comes in tablet form.
There are two doses:
Sometimes, Tetrabenazine’s dose is changed several times to find out what works best for a patient. Therefore, it’s important to always take as prescribed.
Yes, there are several possible side effects. They include fatigue, sedation, decreased concentration, restlessness, or hyperexcitability. Unfortunately, there are even symptoms of depression or thoughts of suicide while taking Tetrabenazine. Therefore, stay alert to any changes in mood and contact your physician immediately.
If you miss a dose, take the missed one as soon as you remember. However, if the missed dose is close to the time for your next scheduled dose, then skip the dose. Don’t take extra medicine to make up for missed doses.
If you miss your doses for more than 5 days in a row, ask your doctor before you start taking tetrabenazine again.
We believe that high deductibles and copays shouldn’t prevent anyone from receiving the medications they need. That’s why at QuickRx, we offer a Movement Disorder Copay Assistance Program. This is designed to help patients reduce their copays and out-of-pocket costs for their medication. Our program partners with various foundations and manufacturer assistance programs to help make a patient’s medication affordable.
You can qualify for our program if you meet the following requirements:
Here are the ways to apply for the program:
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