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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.

What Is Benztropine?

Benztropine mesylate (Cogentin®) is a prescription medication approved for treating the following conditions:
(Click What Is Benztropine Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects of Benztropine

Common side effects of benztropine include, but are not limited to:
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • 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.)
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