Compare Cogentin vs. bromocriptine

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Treats Parkinson's disease.

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

Used with other medicines to treat Parkinson's disease, and to stabilize certain hormones.

Parlodel (bromocriptine) is a good medicine to add to other medicines for Parkinson's disease when they start to not work so well.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) is a good choice to take with other medicines for Parkinson's disease because it raises your dopamine levels differently than others.
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) is available as generic.
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) pills can be broken in half for more personalized dosing.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Parlodel (bromocriptine) is only recommended for Parkinson's disease to take with other medicines. It's not a first choice medicine.
  • Your doctor might have to change the dose of Parlodel (bromocriptine) often.
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Side effects
The Cogentin (benztropine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
9possible side effects
  • Nausea
    18%
  • Constipation
    14%
  • Low blood pressure
    6%
  • Loss of appetite
    4%
  • Dry mouth/stuffy nose
    4%
  • Indigestion
    4%
  • Cold arms/legs
    3%
  • Drowsiness
    3%
  • Vomiting
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Intestinal paralysis
    • Taking tricyclic antidepressants
    • Taking phenothiazines or haloperidol
  • Weakness
  • Dehydration
    • Over age 65
    • Dehydration
  • Heat stroke
    • Dehydration
    • Prolonged exposure to hot conditions
    • Alcohol
    • Manual laborers
  • Memory problems and confusion
    • Over age 65
    • History of mental or psychiatric conditions
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  • Sleepiness
  • Low blood pressure
  • High blood pressure
    • Having high blood pressure
    • Delivering a baby
  • Blood vessel issues
    • Acromegaly (Higher growth hormone in the body)
    • History of stomach ulcers
  • Lack of impulse control
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
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