Cogentin (Benztropine)

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Benztropine 1mg

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Cogentin (Benztropine) Dosage and Side Effects

COGENTINE is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.  It's also used to control severe reactions to certain medications that are used to treat nervous, mental, and emotional disorders.

Proper Use of this medication

Doses will vary depending on the patient. The following is a typical dosing schedule:

For oral dosage form (tablets):

For Idiopathic Parkinsonism:

Adults: Start with 0.5-1 milligrams (mg) at bedtime. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. The dose is usually not more than 6 mg.

Children age 3 years and older: Dosing schedule will be determined by your doctor.

Children under age 3: Use is not recommended.

For Parkinson-like symptoms caused by other medicines:

Adults: Start with 1-4 mg, once or twice a day. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed.

Children age 3 and older: Dosing schedule will be determined by your doctor.

Children under age 3: Use is not recommended.

For Postencephalitic Parkinsonism:

Adults: Start with 0.5-2 mg at bedtime. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. The dose is usually not more than 6 mg.

Children age 3 and older: Dosing schedule will be determined by your doctor.

Children under age 3: Use is not recommended.

Side Effects

Common Side Effects of COGENTINE

•Drowsiness

•Dry mouth

•Difficulty urinating

•Constipation

You should tell your doctor if any of these symptoms become severe or do not subside.

Serious Side Effects of COGENTINE

Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

•Skin rash

•Fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat

•Fever

•Confusion

•Hallucinations or delusions

•Depression

•Eye pain

Warnings and Precautions

This medication may make you drowsy. You should exercise caution while driving or operating machinery until you know how COGENTINE will affect you.

COGENTINE may cause an upset stomach, so you should take it with food or milk.

Before taking this drug, you should tell your doctor if you have ever had the following conditions:

•Kidney or liver disease

•Glaucoma

•Heart or blood pressure issues

•Myasthenia gravis

•Problems with your prostate, urinary system, or stomach

•Bleeding problems

•Esophageal achalasia

•Intestinal or urinary blockage

•Ulcerative colitis

You should tell your physician if you are taking COGENTINE before having any type of surgery, including dental surgery.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding while taking COGENTINE.

This medicine is not recommended for use in children younger than 3 years of age.

COGENTINE may cause weakness or the inability to move particular muscle groups, especially in large doses.

Mental confusion and excitement may also occur in large doses. Visual hallucinations have been occasionally reported.

This medicine should be administered with caution during hot weather as it may cause anhidrosis, which is the inability to sweat normally. This can lead to heat exhaustion.

Interactions with this medication

You should tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you are taking, especially:

•Potassium

•Morphine

•Morphine Sulfate Liposome (DepoDur)

•Oxymorphone (Opana)

•Umeclidinium

•Betel Nut

•Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)

•Haloperidol (Haldol)

•Amantadine (Symadine)

•Digoxin (Lanoxin)

•Levodopa (Sinemet)

•Pramlintide (Symlin)

•Tranquilizers

You should also refrain from taking diarrhea medicines or antacids containing aluminum or magnesium within two hours of COGENTINE.

COGENTINE and Alcohol

Alcohol can enhance the effects of drowsiness while taking COGENTINE. You should limit your intake of alcoholic beverages.

COGENTINE and Other Interactions

You should also avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to hot weather or other situations of excessive heat such as exercise, as COGENTINE may keep you from sweating enough.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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