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Dr. Scott Keith
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Cogentin (Overview)

Cogentin is an anticholinergic agent which is a kind of anti-Parkinson's drug (brain and nerve drug).


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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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Dr. Scott Keith
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Cogentin (Overview)

Cogentin is an anticholinergic agent which is a kind of anti-Parkinson's drug (brain and nerve drug).


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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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Used to be extremely strong until geodon (ziprasidone) risperdal celexa wellbutrin cogentin. Now body feels muscles are not supporting joints or strengthening body?

Used to be extremely strong until geodon (ziprasidone) risperdal celexa wellbutrin cogentin. Now body feels muscles are not supporting joints or strengthening body?

Go see your doctor: I can't tell if you're taking both Geodon (ziprasidone) & Risperdal at same time as these are both antipsychotics and can affect your muscle tone. Tell your prescribing physician (psychiatrist, right/) what's going on. You may need adjustment of dose and/or regimen. ...Read more

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Can cogentin be used to lessen the withdrawl symptoms of zoloft (sertraline)?

Can cogentin be used to lessen the withdrawl symptoms of zoloft (sertraline)?

Cogentin (benztropine): Cogentin is an anticholinergic agent used to combat side-effects of psychotropic medications. Not likely it would do much for zoloft (sertraline) withdrawal, instead it will cause blurred vision, dry mouth & constipation. ...Read more

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I take Abilify (aripiprazole) for my bipolar disorder because nothing else works for me. I love it, but I have to take cogentin daily to prevent td spasms. Can td become permanent?

I take Abilify (aripiprazole) for my bipolar disorder because nothing else works for me. I love it, but I have to take cogentin daily to prevent td spasms. Can td become permanent?

Dystonia: Dystonic reactions (the "spasms" you mention) are more acute than tardive dyskinesia, a chronic disorder which can become permanent. Cogentin can relieve dystonia, and perhaps combat td but not as well. Adjusting antipsychotic medicines to the smallest effective dose that controls psychotic symptoms can be challenging. Abilify (aripiprazole) seems to present less movement issues than other antipsychotics. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take cogentin (benztropine) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take cogentin (benztropine) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Caution: Cat c means animals studies have shown concern but no human studies or case reports exist. I suspect this medication is very rarely used in OB pts or nursing moms so very few case reports would exist. The pt. Would need to discuss with her physcian and weigh risk to benefit. ...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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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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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

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Benztropine Mesylate (Definition)

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 ...Read more