Benztropine is an anticholinergic that reduces the effects of unbalanced chemicals in the body. Unbalances can arise due to disease such as Parkinson’s or the use of certain psychiatric drugs. Benztropine works by blocking a certain natural substance in the body called acetylcholine which helps also helps improve walking ability in Parkinson’s patients. This medication can also decrease muscle stiffness, severe muscle spasms/involuntary movements sometimes caused by psychiatric drug treatments. This drug is not recommended for children younger than 3 years of age. Benztropine is the generic alternative to Cogentin.
Always use Benztropine as directed by one’s physician. Take Benztropine orally usually 2 to 4 times a day with food and at bedtime. If you are using the solution form, measure doses with a precise measuring spoon/device and not a household spoon. Your dosage may start low and increase based on your body’s response to treatment. To see the most benefit, take Benztropine regularly. Use this medication at least 1 an hour prior to any antacids with magnesium, aluminum, or calcium. Consult your doctor for any other specific interactions you are concerned about.
If you have been on this drug for an extended period, it may stop working as well. Let your doctor know if this happens. Benztropine can sometimes become addictive especially with a history of a substance use disorder. Use and stop this medication as directed to avoid complications.
Prior to using the medication, consult with your doctor if you:
After using this medication, consult with your doctor if you:
If your condition doesn’t improve or worsens, let your physician know immediately.
Side effects include but are not limited to:
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience:
Get immediate medical help if you experience any of these rarer symptoms:
If any of these effects persist or worsen immediately tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Q: How long after starting Benztropine will my condition improve?
A: It may take 2 to 3 days before you see the benefits of this medication. Patience is advised.
Q: Can anyone take Benztropine?
A: No, Benztropine is not recommended for those under the age of 3 years old
Q: What happens if I miss a dose of Benztropine?
A: Take it as soon as you remember. If it’s close to your next scheduled dose, then just skip the missed dose and take the one dose. Do not double up or take extra medication.
Q: Is there anything I should avoid while using Benztropine?
A: Since Benztropine can impair your thinking, refrain from doing anything that requires alertness such as driving or operating heavy machinery.