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Precautions and Warnings With Biperiden

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Biperiden

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking biperiden include the following:
 
  • Biperiden can worsen (or even cause) glaucoma, bladder or prostate problems, or a rapid heart rate. If you have such problems, this medication may not be right for you.
     
  • This medication should never be used to treat tardive dyskinesia. Not only is biperiden ineffective for this use, it can actually make tardive dyskinesia worse.
     
  • Biperiden can cause drowsiness, confusion, or other mental problems that may interfere with your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery.
     
  • Anticholinergic medications (including biperiden) can inhibit the body's ability to cool itself by sweating. This can lead to heat stroke, especially in hot weather. People with alcohol problems and people who work in the heat may be especially prone to heat stroke. Let your healthcare provider know if you think this may be a problem for you, as it can be quite dangerous.
     
  • Biperiden can cause hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not really there) or other psychological problems. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop hallucinations while taking the drug.
     
  • The medication can cause confusion, memory loss, or other Alzheimer's-like symptoms.
     
  • Biperiden can potentially interact with several medications (see Drug Interactions With Biperiden).
     
  • Biperiden is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Akineton and Pregnancy).
     
  • It is not known if biperiden passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Akineton and Breastfeeding).
     
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