Benztropine Mesylate Information
Benztropine mesylate (Cogentin®) is a medication that can be prescribed for the treatment of Parkinson's disease and certain movement problems, known as extrapyramidal symptoms, that are caused by antipsychotic medications.
This drug comes in the form of a tablet and is usually taken one to four times a day. Because the effects (including both the beneficial effects and the side effects) of benztropine can take a few days to appear, your healthcare provider will likely start you at a low dose and slowly increase it.
In order to determine if benztropine mesylate is the right medication for you, your healthcare provider needs information on your complete medical history and any other medicines you are taking -- including nonprescription products, vitamins, and supplements. This drug is not right for everyone, and it can react negatively with certain medications.
(For a more in-depth look at this anticholinergic medication, including side effects to watch for, safety warnings, and what to do in cases of overdose, click Benztropine.)