What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking benztropine if you have:
- Difficulty passing urine
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH)
- Tardive dyskinesia (a specific type of extrapyramidal symptoms due to antipsychotic medications)
- An alcohol problem
- A rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- A job that requires you to do manual labor in the heat
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Cogentin and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Cogentin and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Benztropine to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Dosing InformationThe dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- How you respond to benztropine (especially if you develop side effects)
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Benztropine Dosage for more information.)