By Lundbeck Inc

What is this medication for?

This medication is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. It may also be used to reduce the shakiness and restlessness that can be caused by some tranquilizers. It acts on the nervous system and corrects some of the chemical imbalances that cause the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

Cogentin® is available as:

  • injectable
    • 1 mg/mL
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.

How should I use this medication?

For the treatment of Parkinson's symptoms, the recommended adult dose of benztropine is usually 1 mg to 2 mg daily, although the dose can range from 0.5 mg to 6 mg daily depending on circumstances.

For the treatment of shakiness caused by certain drugs, the recommended adult dose of benztropine is usually between 1 mg to 4 mg once or twice a day by injection.

Benztropine can be taken with or without food. The dose for children older than 3 years old will be determined by your doctor based on the weight of the child.

Benztropine tablets start working within 1 to 2 hours of taking them, while the injection starts working within minutes. However, it may take 2 to 3 days after starting the medication before the full effect is apparent.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not use benztropine if you:

  • are allergic to benztropine or any ingredients of the medication
  • are a child under 3 years of age
  • have closed-angle glaucoma
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Reviewer: Brittany Mills
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