About Xenazine® (tetrabenazine)
Xenazine is the first FDA-approved treatment for chorea associated with Huntington’s disease.1 It treats a common symptom of Huntington’s disease (HD) called chorea (kor-EE-ya), or involuntary movements.3 These movements can be brief, repetitive and jerky or uncontrolled and dance-like.5 Chorea is the hallmark symptom of HD and affects about 90 percent of people who have HD at some point in their illness.4,6
Individual results may vary. Xenazine may not be effective in reducing choreic movements in all HD patients. Please review the Important Safety Information, including Boxed Warning about the increased risk of depression and suicidality, below.
Chorea Symptoms in Huntington's Disease
Dr. Sung discusses how chorea can affect Huntington's disease patients.
Craig and Sara's Huntington's Disease Story
Watch Craig and Sara discuss their experiences with chorea associated with Huntington's disease and how it can affect the entire family.
Matt’s HD Chorea
See how Matt and his caregiver and wife, Karen, worked to find treatment options, including Xenazine, to help manage his HD chorea.
Medication Assistance Program: REACH
Learn about Lundbeck’s medication assistance program, REACH, which offers financial assistance for Xenazine patients who qualify.
HD Chorea Symptoms: Improvement Since Xenazine
Listen as these caregivers share their individual stories on how Xenazine helped with chorea symptoms associated with Huntington’s disease.
Xenazine is a tablet and is taken by mouth up to three times per day. Your doctor will decide if Xenazine is right for you and how much and how often to take Xenazine. Xenazine does not cure the cause of HD chorea, nor does it treat any of the other symptoms associated with Huntington’s disease, such as problems with emotions or thinking. It isn’t known if Xenazine is safe and effective in children.2
Xenazine can increase the risk of depression and suicidal thoughts and behavior (suicidality) in patients with Huntington’s disease.2 You should tell your doctor if you are depressed before you start taking Xenazine. You should not start taking Xenazine if you are depressed or have suicidal thoughts. Learn more about serious and common Xenazine side effects.
If you have questions, be sure to check the Xenazine frequently asked questions list or ask your healthcare provider.