Benztropine is a prescription drug that can help treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and movement disorders (extrapyramidal symptoms) that are caused by antipsychotic medications. As an anticholinergic medication, it works by re-establishing the normal balance of certain chemicals within the nervous system. Benztropine comes in the form of a tablet or injection, and is typically taken one to four times daily. Common side effects include constipation, nausea, and blurred vision.
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Benztropine mesylate (Cogentin®) is a prescription medication approved for treating the following conditions:
- Parkinson's disease and other similar conditions (when used in combination with other medications)
- Extrapyramidal symptoms (movement or muscle tension disorders) caused by antipsychotic medications.
Common side effects of benztropine include, but are not limited to:
- Dry mouth
- Confusion or memory problems
- Blurred vision (often caused by dry eyes)
- Difficulty passing urine.
(Click Side Effects of Benztropine to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)