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Trade namesAkineton, others
  • (1RS,2SR,4RS)-1-(bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-en-2-yl)-1-phenyl-3-(piperidin- 1-yl)propan-1-ol
Clinical data
Drug classAnticholinergic[1]
Main usesParkinson disease[1]
Side effectsBlurred vision, dry mouth, sleepiness, constipation, confusion[1]
  • AU: B2
  • US: C (Risk not ruled out)
Routes of
By mouth, intramuscular injection (IM), intravenous therapy (IV)
Defined daily dose10 mg (by mouth or injection)[2]
External links
License data
Legal status
Bioavailability33 ± 5% (by mouth)
Protein binding60%
MetabolismLiver hydroxylation
Elimination half-life18 to 24 hours
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass311.469 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • OC(c1ccccc1)(CCN2CCCCC2)C4C3\C=C/C(C3)C4
  • InChI=1S/C21H29NO/c23-21(19-7-3-1-4-8-19,11-14-22-12-5-2-6-13-22)20-16-17-9-10-18(20)15-17/h1,3-4,7-10,17-18,20,23H,2,5-6,11-16H2 checkY

Biperiden, sold under the brand name Akineton among others, is a medication used to treat Parkinson disease and certain drug-induced movement disorders.[1] It is not recommended for tardive dyskinesias.[3] It is taken by mouth, injection into a vein, or muscle.[1][3]

Common side effects include blurred vision, dry mouth, sleepiness, constipation, and confusion.[1] It should not be used in people with a bowel obstruction or glaucoma.[1] It is unclear if use in pregnancy or breastfeeding is safe.[4] Biperiden is in the anticholinergic family of medication.[1]

Biperiden was approved for medical use in the United States in 1959.[1] It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines.[5] The wholesale cost in the developing world is about US$1.52–12.92 per month.[6] Biperiden is no longer marketed in the United States as of 2020.[7][8][9]

Medical uses

Biperiden is used for the adjunctive treatment of all forms of Parkinson's disease and for reduced sweating in methadone users (postencephalitic, idiopathic, and arteriosclerotic Parkinson's). It seems to exert better effects in the postencephalitic and idiopathic than in the arteriosclerotic type.

Biperiden is also commonly used to improve acute extrapyramidal side effects related to antipsychotic drug therapy, such as akathisia.

It relieves muscle rigidity, reduces abnormal sweating related with clozapine and methadone use[10][11] and salivation, improves abnormal gait, and to lesser extent, tremor.

In its role as a synthetic acetylcholine antagonist, biperiden has been analyzed as an alternative anticonvulsant for usage in the treatment of intoxication by organophosphorus nerve agents, such as sarin.[12]

It was also suggested by IV route for neuroleptic malignant syndrome.[13]


Children and adolescents aged 1 year and older may be treated. The experience is mainly on the short-term treatment of acute drug induced dystonic reactions. Doses should be reduced according to the weight of the patients.[citation needed]


The defined daily dose is 10 mg by mouth and by injection.[14][2] The initial recommended dose in adults is 2 mg once per day which can than be increased to 2 mg two to three times per day with a maximum dose of 12 mg per day.[15]


  • Hypersensitivity to biperiden
  • Narrow angle glaucoma
  • Ileus
  • Caution : People with obstructive diseases of the urogenital tract, people with a known history of seizures and those with potentially dangerous tachycardia

Side effects

Dose-dependent side effects are frequent. Particularly geriatric patients may react with confusional states or develop delirium.

  • CNS : Drowsiness, vertigo, headache, and dizziness are frequent. With high doses nervousness, agitation, anxiety, delirium, and confusion are noted. Biperiden may be abused due to a short acting mood-elevating and euphoriant effect. The normal sleep architecture may be altered (REM sleep depression). Biperiden may lower the seizure-threshold. Some instances of dementia have been noted to correlate with chronic administration of anticholinergic medications such as Biperiden for Parkinson's disease.[16]
  • Peripheral side effects : Blurred vision, dry mouth, impaired sweating, abdominal discomfort, and obstipation are frequent. Tachycardia may be noted. Allergic skin reactions may occur. Parenteral use may cause orthostatic hypotension.
  • Eyes : Biperiden causes mydriasis with or without photophobia. It may precipitate narrow angle glaucoma.

Pregnancy and lactation

  • Pregnancy : In animal studies biperiden had no embryo- or fetotoxic effects. There is no sufficient clinical data on pregnant women. The drug should therefore be used cautiously during pregnancy.
  • Lactation : Biperiden is found in the milk of lactating women. No sufficient clinical data exists regarding effects for the newborns. Additionally, biperiden may decrease maternal milk production. It is therefore recommended that biperiden is not used during lactation.


  • Other anticholinergic drugs (e.g. spasmolytics, antihistamines, TCAs) : Side effects of biperiden may be increased.
  • Quinidine : Increased anticholinergic action (particular on AV conduction).
  • Antipsychotics : Long-term use of biperiden may mask or increase the risk of tardive dyskinesia.
  • Pethidine (meperidine) : Central effects and side effects of pethidine may be increased.
  • Metoclopramide : Action of metoclopramide is decreased.
  • Alcohol : Risk of serious intoxication.


Biperiden mimics an atropine intoxication with mydriasis, dryness of mucous membranes, red face, atonic states of bowels and bladder, and hyperthermia in high doses. Central consequences are agitation, confusion, and hallucinations. An untreated overdose may be fatal, particular in children. Premortal signs are respiratory depression and cardiac arrest. A specific antagonist is physostigmine which combines a peripheral and a central action. Carbachol can be used to treat atonic bowels and bladder. The vital functions should be monitored and stabilized. It may be necessary to treat hyperthermia with cooling blankets.


The oral bioavailability is only 33 ± 5% due to extensive first-pass metabolism. In young, healthy volunteers, peak plasma concentrations following a single oral 4 mg immediate-release dose are reached after 1.5 hours. The elimination half-life has been determined as 18.4 hours, and may be prolonged in geriatric patients. After a 4 mg intravenous dose, the elimination half-life is approximately 24 hours.


Biperiden has an atropine-like blocking effect on all peripheral structures which are parasympathetic-innervated (e.g. cardiovascular and visceral organs). It also has a prominent central blocking effect on M1 receptors. Biperiden does also act as FIASMA (functional inhibitor of acid sphingomyelinase).[17]


Biperiden was synthesized by the German chemist W. Klavehn from Knoll AG, Germany. In March 1953 a patent was applied for in Germany[18] and subsequently in many other countries. A US patent application was filed in March 1954 and granted in April 1957.[19]

One website reported that it was not commercially available in the United States as of 2017.[20]

See also


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "WHOCC - ATC/DDD Index". Archived from the original on 19 July 2020. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 World Health Organization (2009). Stuart MC, Kouimtzi M, Hill SR (eds.). WHO Model Formulary 2008. World Health Organization. p. 243. hdl:10665/44053. ISBN 9789241547659.
  4. "Biperiden Use During Pregnancy |". Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  5. World Health Organization (2019). World Health Organization model list of essential medicines: 21st list 2019. Geneva: World Health Organization. hdl:10665/325771. WHO/MVP/EMP/IAU/2019.06. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
  6. "Biperiden". International Drug Price Indicator Guide. Archived from the original on 22 January 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  7. "Akineton (biperiden hydrochloride): FDA-Approved Drugs". U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Archived from the original on 3 July 2020. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  8. "Akineton (biperiden lactate): FDA-Approved Drugs". U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Archived from the original on 3 July 2020. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  9. "Akineton Tablets (biperiden hydrochloride)". DailyMed. Archived from the original on 3 July 2020. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  10. Richardson C, Kelly DL, Conley RR (August 2001). "Biperiden for excessive sweating from clozapine". Am J Psychiatry. 158 (8): 1329–30. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.158.8.1329-a. PMID 11481174. Archived from the original on 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  11. Caflisch C, Figner B, Eich D (February 2003). "Biperiden for excessive sweating from methadone". Am J Psychiatry. 160 (2): 386–7. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.160.2.386. PMID 12562595. Archived from the original on 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  12. Shim, TM; McDonough JH (May 2000). "Efficacy of biperiden and atropine as anticonvulsant treatment for organophosphorus nerve agent intoxication". Archives of Toxicology. 74 (3): 165–172. doi:10.1007/s002040050670. PMID 10877003. Archived from the original on 2017-09-23. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
  13. Margetić, B; Aukst-Margetić, B (May 2010). "Neuroleptic malignant syndrome and its controversies". Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety. 19 (5): 429–435. doi:10.1002/pds.1937. PMID 20306454.
  14. "Single Drug Information – International Medical Products Price Guide". mshpriceguide. Archived from the original on 28 August 2021. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  15. "BIPERIDEN oral - Essential drugs". Archived from the original on 28 August 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  16. Nishiyama K, Mizuno T, Sakuta M, Kurisaki H (1993). "Chronic dementia in Parkinson's disease treated by anticholinergic agents. Neuropsychological and neuroradiological examination". Adv Neurol. 60: 479–83. PMID 8420174.
  17. Kornhuber J, Muehlbacher M, Trapp S, Pechmann S, Friedl A, Reichel M, Mühle C, Terfloth L, Groemer T, Spitzer G, Liedl K, Gulbins E, Tripal P (2011). "Identification of novel functional inhibitors of acid sphingomyelinase". PLoS ONE. 6 (8): e23852. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023852. PMC 3166082. PMID 21909365.
  18. "Espacenet - Bibliographic data". Archived from the original on 2018-11-01. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  19. "United States Patent: 2789110". Archived from the original on 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  20. "biperiden | Davis's Drug Guide". Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.

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