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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Benztropine Mesylate (Overview)

Cogentin, (benztropine) a brand used yrs ago, and rarely now, was intended to control parkinson's disease tremors. Might be useful in early and mild younger patients, but has bad effect in older patients, including urinary retention and confusion.


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Benztropine mesylate uses?

Benztropine mesylate uses?

There are a few uses: Benztropine is an anticholinergic drug used to reduce the side effects of antipsychotic treatment, such as pseudoparkinsonism and dystonia. It is also a second-line drug for the treatment of parkinson's disease. It improves tremor but not rigidity and bradykinesia. It is also sometimes used for dystonia, a rare disorder that causes abnormal muscle contraction. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
41 doctors shared insights

Benztropine Mesylate (Overview)

Cogentin, (benztropine) a brand used yrs ago, and rarely now, was intended to control parkinson's disease tremors. Might be useful in early and mild younger patients, but has bad effect in older patients, including urinary retention and confusion.


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Benztropine mesylate uses?

There are a few uses: Benztropine is an anticholinergic drug used to reduce the side effects of antipsychotic treatment, such as pseudoparkinsonism and dystonia. It is also a second-line drug for the treatment of parkinson's disease. It improves tremor but not rigidity and bradykinesia. It is also sometimes used for dystonia, a rare disorder that causes abnormal muscle contraction. ...Read more

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Can cogentin (benztropine) cause anxiety?

Can cogentin (benztropine) cause anxiety?

Possibly: But why are you discussing a drug which has profound anti-cholinergic effects and adverse events, as this drug has mainly been supplanted by Dopamine agonists. Not sure, in this day and age, that there would be a valid role for cogentin (benztropine). Meet with your doctor and discuss. ...Read more

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How much benztropine (cogentin) causes hallucinations?

How much benztropine (cogentin) causes hallucinations?

More than prescribed: I wonder why you are asking this, are you trying to have hallucinations? The usual maximum dose of benztropine is six mgs per day. Any amount over that is unsafe. The hallucinations caused by too much benztropine can be associated with other dangerous effects. ...Read more

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How much benztropine (cogentin) would you have to take before hallucinations begin?

More than prescribed: I wonder why you are asking this, are you trying to have hallucinations? The usual maximum dose of benztropine is six mgs per day. Any amount over that is unsafe. The hallucinations caused by too much benztropine can be associated with other dangerous effects. ...Read more

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Besides propanolo and cogentin, (benztropine) what other meds can be used for akathisia?

Besides propanolo and cogentin, (benztropine) what other meds can be used for akathisia?

Akathisia: For specific treatment advice, ask your neurologist or psychiatrist. Not much scientific evidence guides clinical judgment if Propranolol has failed; still, consider asking your doctor about other lipophilic beta-blockers, benzodiazepines, levetiracetam, valproic acid, or tricyclic antidepressants. Good luck! ...Read more

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When does someone need to take benztropine (cogentin)?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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When does someone need to take benztropine (cogentin)?

Cogentin (benztropine): Mainly to counteract side-effects of Psychotropic medications, such as Extra pyramidal symptoms for example muscle rigidity. ...Read more

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Can pseudoparkinson be treated with cogentin (benztropine)?

Depends: The severity and extent of parkinsonian symptoms, assuming what's being referred to is via other medications, will respond differently to different approaches. Some aspects may respond well (e.g. akathisia) and others not so much (e.g. dystonia) if using those drugs used to treat Parkinson Disease. Suggest a discussion with your doctor to assess what are the targets for therapy and side effects. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Cogentin (Definition)

Cogentin is an anticholinergic agent which is a kind of anti-Parkinson's drug ...Read more