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Can a prescribing psychologist prescribe cogentin along with Haldol (haloperidol) since it is not cogentin is not specifically a "psychiatric drug"?
No: Psychologists are not MD's and do not prescribe medications (hopefully, that has not and will not change). To receive a prescription for medication, one would see an MD or DO, meaning an allopathic or osteopathic doctor, such as a psychiatrist. ...Read more
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
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
Yes: Yes it is sedating is your doctor for specific t instructions how to take this medication ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes : Cogentin is benztropine and is used in psychiatry to treat medication side effects. It is highly anticholinergic, which means it can bind you up, blur your vision or make it hard to pee. However, too much of it clouds thinking and memory, in fact, the drugs used to treat alzheimer's have the opposite effect and benztropine is contraindicated in alzheimer's as a result ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are no drug : interactions between Cogentin (benztropine) & Concerta. However, each medicine can interact with other drugs & foods. See: http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=363-163,1606-976&types=major&types=minor&types=moderate&types=food&types=therapeutic_duplication. ...Read more
How long after one stops geodon (ziprasidone) and cogentin will one be fully functional and ready to go?
Within a few days: Cogentin is usually prescribed to counteract the effects of typical antipsychotic drugs, not atypical antipsychotics such as geodon (ziprasidone). How quickly you respond to the discontinuation depends largely on why the drugs were prescribed in the first place and whether you are receiving other medications. ...Read more
What about after you stop Cogentin (benztropine)? I was rx'd to stop spasms associated w/ antipsychotic meds...I was on it for several wks and been off for several
Cogentin (benztropine): If you are having recurrence of extrapyramidal symptoms, you need to inform your doctor. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer