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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Cogentin (Definition)

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


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What are some herbal remedies to counteract the sexual side effects of cogentin (benztropine)?

I know of none: It may be that you are actually having side-effects to another medication you are taking, such as the one(s) in which Cogentin (benztropine) is prescribed to prevent side-effects. Antipsychotic medications are notorious for causing sexual side-effects. Cogentin (benztropine) is prescribed to prevent other side-effects from the antipsychotics, such as stiffness, tremors and restlessness. ...Read more

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Should elderly take benztropine to help with td (mouth movements) side effects of antipsychotics?

Should elderly take benztropine to help with td (mouth movements) side effects of antipsychotics?

Maybe: Tardive dyskinesia(td) is an unfortunate side effect of long term treatment with antipsychotics. Benztropine may help with the tremors, but generally is poorly tolerated in the elderly due to sedation, confusion, constipation, etc. It is usually avoided if possible in the elderly. ...Read more

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Will cogentin help alleviate geodon (ziprasidone) side effects?

EPS: Cogentin (benztropine) is used to treat only the extrapyramidal side effects (eps) from antipsychotics. These include tremor, rigidity, and akithesia. It does not counteract other side effects of antipsychotics, such as cardiac issues, metabolic issues, or changes in mentation. ...Read more

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Took haldol (haloperidol) cogentin. How long do side effects last?

Up tp 24 hours or so: The side effects of Haldol (haloperidol) should normally take about 24 hours, but some such as akathesia may take a couple of days. As for cogentin, if you took only one dose, the effects should mostly abate after 24 hours, definitely in 36 hours. ...Read more

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If someone over doses with 7 mgs of benztropine what would be the estimated reaction time and the possible effects that are expected?

If someone over doses with 7 mgs of benztropine what would be the estimated reaction time and the possible effects that are expected?

Who is involved?: If you trying to help out a friend, call 911 or get them to the emergency department. If you are contemplating doing this yourself, call 911 or get a friend to take you. And if this is just a thought exercise, i would offer that this type of overdose may produce delirium, seizures, and tachycardia among a host of additional negative effects. I hope everyone stays safe! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: benztropine?

Anticholinergic drug: 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. ...Read more

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When does someone need to take benztropine (cogentin)?

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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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It's possible that 1mg of benztropine make you hallucinate?

It's possible that 1mg of benztropine make you hallucinate?

Possibly: Possibly yes. All anticholinergics can cause hallucination in susceptible individuals (e.g. Elderly with dementia, other medications, dehydration, heat exposure, etc). If you are concerned about this as a side effect of the medication, please check with your doctor. I hope this helps. ...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

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120mgs of Latuda, (lurasidone) getting where I can't sit still in evenings, on benztropine but not helping, is there anyway this will go away on it's own?

Try non-pharma: Let me suggest trying to find a good health psychologist to counsel you on mgmt of your chronic illnesses and strategies for relaxation, sleep habits. You can learn skills that really help. Also, Mindfulness Meditation practice develops abilities to settle yourself. These will help rather than hurt your conditions as medications might. Best! ...Read more

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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

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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 long does a benztropine high take?

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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Please describe the medication: benztropine?

Cogentin (benztropine): It is an Anticholinergic medication used to combat side-effect of Dopamine blocking Antipsychotic medications. ...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) 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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My doctor has prescribed me benztropine. What's it for?

My doctor has prescribed me benztropine. What's it for?

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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How is to cold turkey risperidone and benztropine at 2mg?

Talk to your doctor : It is not a good idea to stop these medications cold turkey. You can experience neuromuscular side effects as well as a recurrence of symptoms for which the medication is prescribed. Please talk to your doctor before making any changes such as stopping your medicine. Talk about your reasons for wanting to stop your medicine. There may be some other treatment options for you. Best wishes! ...Read more