HD Chorea Treatment
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.
In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xenazine® (tetrabenazine) (ZEN-uh-zeen), the first drug approved in the United States to treat chorea associated with Huntington's disease (HD).2
In a clinical trial with HD patients, chorea symptoms were significantly reduced at the end of the 12-week trial in more than two thirds of patients taking Xenazine.3 In a little less than one third of patients, chorea symptoms were not significantly reduced or they got worse.4 The most commonly reported side effects included: sleepiness (sedation), trouble sleeping, depression, tiredness, anxiety, restlessness, agitation and nausea.
It’s important to understand that Xenazine treats HD chorea; it does not cure the disease. Also, Xenazine does not treat other symptoms of HD, such as problems with emotions or thinking. It is not known if Xenazine is safe and effective in children. Find out more about how Xenazine works.
Xenazine can cause serious side effects including depression, suicidal thoughts and suicidal actions.2 Please keep in mind that you should not take Xenazine if you are depressed or have thoughts of suicide, have liver problems, are taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) medicine, or are taking reserpine. Learn more about serious and common Xenazine side effects.