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Benztropine Mesylate

Benztropine mesylate Prescription
Generic Name: benztropine (BENZ troe peen)
Brand Name: Cogentin
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Benztropine Mesylate Drug Information:

Benztropine reduces the effects of certain chemicals in the body that may be unbalanced as a result of disease (such as Parkinson's), drug therapy, or other causes. Benztropine is used together with other medicines to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (muscle spasms, stiffness, tremors, poor muscle control). Benztropine is also used to treat and prevent these symptoms when they are caused by drugs such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), Perphenazine (Trilafon), and others. Learn more

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Benztropine Mesylate Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to benztropine: oral tablet

Other dosage forms:

  • injection solution
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention

Along with its needed effects, benztropine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking benztropine:

Incidence not known

  • Abdominal or stomach cramps or pain
  • aggressive and violent behavior
  • being forgetful
  • bloating
  • burning while urinating
  • confusion about identity, place, and time
  • constipation
  • decrease in frequency of urination
  • decrease in urine volume
  • diarrhea
  • difficult or painful urination
  • difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
  • difficulty with speaking
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • discouragement
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • extremely high fever or body temperature
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • fast, shallow breathing
  • fast, weak heartbeat
  • feeling sad or empty
  • fever
  • headache
  • hot, dry skin
  • irritability
  • lack of appetite
  • lack of sweating
  • listlessness
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • mood or mental changes
  • muscle cramps
  • muscle weakness
  • nervousness
  • numbness of the fingers
  • pale, clammy skin
  • seeing things that are not there
  • thirst
  • tiredness
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble with sleeping
  • vomiting

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking benztropine:

Symptoms of overdose

  • Blindness
  • blurred vision
  • change in consciousness
  • cold clammy skin
  • decreased vision
  • dizziness
  • eye pain
  • holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by fact
  • lightheadedness
  • loss of consciousness
  • muscle weakness
  • nausea or vomiting
  • no breathing
  • nosebleeds
  • numbness or tingling in the face, arms, or legs
  • shakiness and unsteady walk
  • sweating
  • tearing
  • unsteadiness, trembling, or other problems with muscle control or coordination
  • unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness
  • vision problems
  • wheezing
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention

Some side effects of benztropine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known

  • Enlarged pupils
  • loss of appetite
  • skin rash
  • weight loss

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to benztropine: compounding powder, injectable solution, oral tablet

General

Adverse reactions are anticholinergic in nature and include dry mouth, constipation, tachycardia, and blurred vision.

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Numbness of fingers

Psychiatric

Frequency not reported: Toxic psychosis, including confusion, disorientation, memory impairment, visual hallucinations, exacerbation of preexisting psychotic symptoms, nervousness, depression

Gastrointestinal

Frequency not reported: Constipation, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, paralytic ileus

Ocular

Frequency not reported: Blurred vision, dilated pupils

Cardiovascular

Frequency not reported: Tachycardia

Genitourinary

Frequency not reported: Urinary retention, dysuria

Hypersensitivity

Frequency not reported: Allergic reaction

Other

Frequency not reported: Heatstroke, hyperthermia, fever

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Skin rash

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Benztropine Mesylate (www.drugs.com/mtm/benztropine.html).