Cogentin (Benztropine) is combined with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as muscle spasms, stiffness, tremors, and poor muscle control. Cogentin is also used to treat these same symptoms when they are caused by other drugs such as chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, perphenazine, and others. Cogentin works by reducing the effects of several chemicals in the body that may be unbalanced as a result of a disease (such as Parkinson’s disease), or from certain drug therapies. By targeting and reducing chemicals, such as acetylcholine, Cogentin can effectively reduce the symptoms caused by an imbalance of chemicals. Cogentin is not a cure for Parkinson’s disease, but can reduce symptoms and improve your overall quality of life
The brand Cogentin is currently not available. The generic alternative Benztropine is available from Canada in the dosage of 1 mg tablets.
The common side effects of Cogentin include nausea or vomiting, dry mouth, blurred vision, or increased light sensitivity. Contact your doctor if you notice more serious side effects such as irregular heartbeats, confusion or hallucinations, severe mouth dryness, loss of appetite or weight loss, severe constipation, little or no urination, tunnel vision or eye pain, severe skin rash, fever, severe weakness or dizziness, or symptoms of dehydration. If you notice any severe side effects or signs of an allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to benztropine, and this medication should not be given to anyone under the age of 3. To make sure Cogentin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have glaucoma, mental illness, a nerve-muscle disorder, a history of alcoholism, a bladder or bowel obstruction, urination problems, kidney disease, or if you are severely ill or otherwise debilitated. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding to discuss any possible risks. Cogentin may impair your thinking or reaction. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
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