Drug Interactions With BenztropineBenztropine can potentially interact with a number of other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Benztropine).
- Drowsiness, followed by hyperactivity
- Dizziness or coordination problems
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
- A rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Nausea and vomiting
If you happen to take too much benztropine, seek immediate medical attention.
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How Should Benztropine Be Stored?The tablets should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep benztropine and all other medications out of the reach of children.
What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?If you forget to take a dose of benztropine, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose of the medication.
How Does It Work?Benztropine is an anticholinergic medication. It works by blocking the effects of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter (a chemical in the nervous system). Normal muscle movement control requires a careful balance of acetylcholine and dopamine (another neurotransmitter). In Parkinson's disease (and with extrapyramidal disorders caused by antipsychotic medications), dopamine levels are decreased, creating an imbalance between dopamine and acetylcholine. By blocking the effects of acetylcholine, benztropine helps to re-establish a normal balance between dopamine and acetylcholine.
Benztropine also has antihistamine effects, but these effects are not considered important for treating Parkinson's disease or extrapyramidal symptoms.