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Effect of Tetrabenazine on Extrapyramidal Movement Disorders

Br Med J 1969; 2 doi: (Published 17 May 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;2:422
  1. M. A. Dalby


    Thirty patients with various extrapyramidal movement disorders were treated for prolonged periods with 75 to 225 mg. daily of tetrabenazine. In patients with choreiform and hemiballistic motor activity the involuntary movements were diminished or abolished. In patients with cerebellar or Parkinsonian tremor the tremor was aggravated in moderately severe cases, but was uninfluenced in severe cases. In all cases the dyskinesia returned when- the drug was stopped.

    Side-effects were inconsiderable and disappeared on reducing the dose slightly. Hence the drug may be an important alternative to neurosurgical treatment of hyperkinesias and especially suitable for severely disabled patients.