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Cogentin Anticholinergic Agent
Will benadryl (diphenhydramine) have an effect on a methacholine challenge since its a anticholinergic drug?
Possibly : To get the best indication of bronchial hyper reactivity, you should not take any antihistamines for 3 to 7 days before the challenge. Unless, of course, the point is to see if Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will diminish the reactivity. That's why you need to discuss such questions with the physician who ordered the test. ...Read more
Do not experiment: Talk with to u physician and listen to his advise. ...Read more
Side effects: You are describing one of the common anti-cholinergic side effects of cogentin, (benztropine) and this may not necessarily depart. Other meds in this class may be less impairing, and depending upon your needs, perhaps the dose can be adjusted. Discuss fully with your doctor. ...Read more
How long does it normally take for hallucinations brought on by cogentin (benztropine) take to go away in an elderly female who was given 2 does in hospital. ?
Hrs to days: Cogentin (benztropine) is a rather archaic drug and can cause delirium, confusion, and both hallucinations and delusions in the elderly. It's use in parkinson's disease is quite rare these days. Typically, the side effects should depart within a few days at most, but if persistent and not resolving, other causes should be sought including other meds causing reactions. Contact the original doc and get answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you fix acute muscular dystonia caused by antipsychotics? Is there a method other than cogentin (benztropine) or do I have to discontinue antipsychotic?
Yes and no: yes there are alternatives and no you do not have to discontinue antipsychotic I do not see an antipsychotic listed in your med profile but one option may be to switch to another antipsychotic but short of that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Artane (trihexyphenidyl)) can also be used for dystopia ...Read more
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
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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