Tetrabenazine 25mg Tablets 112 (A)


Drug Name: tetrabenazine
Private Price $354.99
PBS $37.30
Concession $5.20
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

Note: Private, PBS and our prices are available to the general public. Concession and Safety Net prices are only available to people with the appropriate concession or Safety Net cards. See Prescriptions for more details.


This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Tetrabenazine 25mg Tablets 112 (A)

Tetrabenazine 25mg Tablets 112 (A)

Product ID: 57565

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.




iNova Pharmaceuticals (Australia) Pty Ltd
Level 10, 12 Help Street

General Information

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about Tetrabenazine Tablets. It does not contain all of the available information. Reading this leaflet does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of your taking Tetrabenazine Tablets against the benefits they expect it will have for you. If you have any concerns about taking Tetrabenazine Tablets, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may want to read it again.

What Tetrabenazine Tablets are used for

Tetrabenazine is used for the treatment of diseases, which cause jerky, irregular, uncontrollable movements such as Huntington's chorea, senile chorea and hemiballismus.

Tetrabenazine affects some chemicals in the brain, and by doing so it helps to control jerky and irregular movements.

Your doctor may have prescribed Tetrabenazine Tablets for another use. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Tetrabenazine Tablets have been prescribed for you.

Tetrabenazine Tablets are not addictive.

Tetrabenazine Tablets are only available on a doctor's prescription.

Before you take Tetrabenazine Tablets

Tetrabenazine Tablets are not suitable for everyone.

When you must not take it

Do not take Tetrabenazine Tablets if:
You are allergic to tetrabenazine or other ingredients of Tetrabenazine Tablets listed at the end of this leaflet.
You are taking medicine containing reserpine.
You are taking medicine containing levodopa (which is used to treat Parkinson's disease).
You are being treated for Parkinson's disease.
You are being treated for depression.
You are taking central nervous system stimulants or depressants (including alcohol).

These warnings are extremely important as using more than one medicine at the same time can increase or reduce the effect of the medicines. For example, this medicine can increase the effect of some medicines for lowering high blood pressure or for depression (monoamine oxidase inhibitors).
You are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not take Tetrabenazine Tablets after the expiry date printed on the bottle.

Do not take Tetrabenazine Tablets if the bottle seems to have been opened or the tablets do not look quite right (see Product Description).

Before you start to use it

Tell your doctor if you have any allergies.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant or to breastfeed.

Tell your doctor if you suffer from any depression or Parkinson's disease.

Tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking medicines containing reserpine, medicine for lowering blood pressure or any other medicines. This includes medicines you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food store.

How to take Tetrabenazine Tablets

Do not take Tetrabenazine Tablets to treat any condition other than that directed by your doctor.

Do not give Tetrabenazine tablets to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem the same as yours. It may harm them.

How much to take

The dose required varies from person to person. The usual starting dose in adults is one tablet twice a day. This may increase to a total of 200 mg (8 tablets) a day.

The doctor will decide the best dose for children and elderly patients.


You should not normally stop taking Tetrabenazine Tablets unless your doctor tells you to.

If you feel unwell during your course of treatment, tell your doctor.

If you forget to take Tetrabenazine Tablets

If you forget to take a dose of Tetrabenazine Tablets, leave out that dose completely. Take your next dose at the normal time it is due.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.

If you have trouble remembering when to take Tetrabenazine Tablets, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too many Tetrabenazine Tablets

Telephone your doctor or go to casualty at your nearest hospital immediately if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Tetrabenazine Tablets even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

While you are taking Tetrabenazine Tablets

Things you must do

Make sure that all of your doctors and pharmacists know about your use of Tetrabenazine Tablets. Remind them if any new medicines are about to be started.

Swallow the tablet or tablets with water or another non-alcoholic drink.

Things that you must not do

Do not use Tetrabenazine Tablets to treat any complaint other than that directed by your doctor. It may not be safe to use Tetrabenazine Tablets for another complaint.

Tetrabenazine Tablets should only be used by the person for whom it was prescribed. Do not give Tetrabenazine Tablets to someone else even if their symptoms are the same. It may not be safe for another person to use Tetrabenazine Tablets.

Side Effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Tetrabenazine Tablets. Like all medicines, Tetrabenazine Tablets may have some side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most to the time they are not.

Side effects can include:
Sleepiness and drowsiness
Uncontrollable movements of the hands, arms, legs and head (similar to those in Parkinson's disease)
Digestive problems
Lowering of blood pressure
Feeling nervous or anxious
Trouble sleeping

If these events persist, you should consult your doctor.

Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
Difficulty in swallowing
Choking attacks
Stiffness or tightness in the arms or legs
Confusion or having thoughts of irrational ideas not shared by others

Tetrabenazine may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how tetrabenazine affects you.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell. Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side-effects. You may not experience any of them.

After using Tetrabenazine Tablets

Keep Tetrabenazine Tablets in their bottle until it is time to take your dose. If you take them out of their container, they may not keep well.
Keep Tetrabenazine Tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.
Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it in the car on hot or cold days. Heat, cold and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep Tetrabenazine Tablets where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one- and-a-half metres above the ground is a good to store medicines.


Return any unused medicine to your pharmacist.

Product description What Tetrabenazine Tablets look like

Tetrabenazine Tablets 25 mg are buff. They are scored and marked with "CL" over "25".


Each Tetrabenazine Tablet contains 25 mg of the active ingredient, tetrabenazine, and 64 mg lactose.

Tetrabenazine Tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients:

Magnesium stearate
Iron oxide yellow CI77492

Tetrabenazine Tablets are available in plastic bottles containing 112 tablets.
Tetrabenazine Tablets are distributed in Australia by:
Orphan Australia Pty. Ltd.
48 Kangan Drive
Victoria 3806.
Under license from:
Cambridge Laboratories, UK.
This leaflet was prepared in October 2006.
Australian Registration Number
AUST R 13695

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