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What is the definition or description of: Cogentin (benztropine) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Cogentin (benztropine) allergy?

Cogentin allergy: Cogentin (benztropine) is a medication that is used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease symptoms. Allergic reactions can include difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of face, lips, throat, mouth or tongue. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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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) would you have to take before hallucinations begin?

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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Does the blurred vision from cogentin (benztropine) ever go away (while taking it)?

Does the blurred vision from cogentin (benztropine) ever go away (while taking it)?

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

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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. ?

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 more

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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?

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

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When does someone need to take benztropine (cogentin)?

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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 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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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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Can cogentin (benztropine) cause vertigo?

Can cogentin (benztropine) cause vertigo?

Medication question: Dizziness is one of the listed side effects of cogentin (benztropine). ...Read more

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Can cogentin (benztropine) cause memory loss?

Can cogentin (benztropine) cause memory loss?

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 more

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Does Cogentin (benztropine) counteract Concerta in any way?

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

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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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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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What are the side effects of Cogentin (benztropine)?

Cogentin (benztropine): Being a potent anticholinergic agent, it can cause sedation, dry mouth, constipation, blurred vision, urination hesitancy, dry skin, etc. ...Read more

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If cogentin (benztropine) is causing constipation will it go away after discontinuation?

If cogentin (benztropine) is causing constipation will it go away after discontinuation?

Constipation: Yes, it is reversible if no other complications such as obstruction. ...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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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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Can cogentin (benztropine) cause a limb to be totally numb. I recently started taking it for tremors. My arm was unable to move by itself temporarily.

Can cogentin (benztropine) cause a limb to be totally numb. I recently started taking it for tremors. My arm was unable to move by itself temporarily.

Unlikely: No oral medication should cause a single limb to become numb and immobile. Those are more strokelike symptoms. I recommend having it looked at sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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I take Cogentin (benztropine) .5mg bid for tremors from psych meds. I use2take 2mg. I m using Albuterol for asthma flairup will an extra Cogentin (benztropine) stop those shakes?

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Cogentin (benztropine): Talk to your doctor about possible upgrading of the dose by 0.5mg., but cautiously since you have Gastro paresis. ...Read more

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Does cogentin (benztropine) relieve muscle pain and stiffness experienced in legs and back from risperdal consta? Have been on for month and pain when walking

Does cogentin (benztropine) relieve muscle pain and stiffness experienced in legs and back from risperdal consta? Have been on for month and pain when walking

Partially: Risperidone can cause symptoms and signs of parkinsonism. Muscle pain and stiffness is part of the same symptoms. Cogentin (benztropine) is helpful in relieving the symptoms. Sometimes other medications may have to be used to counteract side effects. ...Read more

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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"?

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

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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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Do i need to take cogentin and geodon (ziprasidone) together or can I just take geodon (ziprasidone)?

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Geodon/Cogentin: Cogentin treats side-effects of Geodon (ziprasidone). Review with your prescribing doctor. ...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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Haldol, (haloperidol) cogentin, and alcohol, is it okay to mix?

Haldol, (haloperidol) cogentin, and alcohol, is it okay to mix?

Haldol/Alcohol: Nope. Alcohol does not mix well with either medication. ...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. Gary Sandler
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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


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Cogentin (Definition)

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