Written by: Petros Skapinakis, MD, MPH, PhD, lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece.
Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008. Latest revision: 22 Jul 2008.
Who should not take Biperiden (Akineton)?
Patients cannot take biperiden if they
· have ever had an allergic reaction to it,
· have narrow-angle glaucoma,
· have an obstruction in your bowel or a complication of bowel disease known as megacolon; or
· have myasthenia gravis.
Before taking this medication, patients should tell their doctor if they have
· an enlarged prostate or difficulty urinating,
· epilepsy or another seizure disorder,
· heart disease or an irregular heartbeat,
· depression or any other psychiatric illness, or
· kidney or liver disease.
They may need a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment in such conditions.
It is not known whether biperiden will harm an unborn baby. Patients should not take this medication without first talking to their doctor about pregnancy.
It is also not known whether biperiden passes into breast milk. Patients should not take this medication without first talking to their doctor if they are breast-feeding a baby.