Lower-cost generic availableClass: Musculoskeletal



Lower-cost generic availableClass: Musculoskeletal
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Treats Parkinson's disease.

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Our bottom line

Good for treating tremors caused by Parkinson's and for treating uncontrolled movements in people taking antipsychotics.


  • Cogentin (benztropine) can be used with other medicines for people with more advanced Parkinson's who continue to have tremors.
  • Works by itself in people under 65 who only have Parkinson's tremors and not other symptoms.
  • Can be used in people who have movement problems because they're taking antipsychotic drugs.
  • Available as generic.
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  • Only treats the tremors in Parkinson's and not the other symptoms.
  • Not recommended in people over 65 or those with memory difficulties or problems thinking clearly because they're more likely to have confusion with Cogentin (benztropine).
  • Can't be used in people who have glaucoma.
How it works

Cogentin (benztropine) blocks acetylcholine in the brain and smooth muscles which stops spasming and calms tremors.

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What to expect when you take Cogentin (benztropine) for Extrapyramidal symptoms from antipsychotic drugs

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Side effect rates for Cogentin (benztropine)

Risks and Warnings for Cogentin (benztropine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking tricyclic antidepressants
    • Taking phenothiazines or haloperidol

    Cogentin (benztropine) can cause your intestines to stop moving which can be very dangerous. This happens more often if you're taking antidepressants or phenothiazines. Talk to your doctor right away if you're suddenly unable to have bowel movements or pass gas, especially if you have a fever.

Common concerns from people taking Cogentin (benztropine)

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  • Can be taken with our without food. Take with a full glass of water.