Benztropine

Generic Name: Benztropine

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Benztropine tablets are medicines used in combination with other medications to treat Parkinson's disease. It is also used to control tremors caused by other medications that affect your central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Benztropine blocks certain chemicals in your body that may be responsible for symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease (such as tremors).

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Benztropine may improve your symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take benztropine tablets exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may feel an improvement in your symptoms once you begin taking benztropine tablets. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: blurred vision, confusion, dilated pupils, dry mouth, increased heart rate, mental health problems (such as confusion or memory impairment), nausea, painful urination, problems urinating.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Impaired mental and physical abilities, including weakness, inability to move certain muscles, mental confusion, or excitement, especially with large doses.

    Fever and heat stroke due to decreased sweating may occur in high temperatures.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take benztropine tablets if you are allergic to them or any of their ingredients.

    Do not give benztropine tablets to your child if they under 3 years of age.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with benztropine tablets. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have a fast heart rate, an enlarged prostate, are an alcoholic, have mental health problems, glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults and children ≥3 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child based on the age, weight, and condition and may increase your or your child's dose as needed, until the desired effect it achieved.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take benztropine tablets exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking benztropine tablets without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or engage in other dangerous activities until you know how benztropine tablets affect you.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If benztropine tablets are taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining benztropine tablets with the following: certain antidepressants (such as amitriptyline or nortriptyline), haloperidol, or phenothiazines (such as chlorpromazine or promethazine).

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of benztropine tablets during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of benztropine tablets take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.