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Benztropine is an effective medication used to alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and involuntary movements that may arise as a result of certain psychiatric drugs, such as antipsychotics like chlorpromazine and haloperidol. This medication falls under the classification of anticholinergics and operates by obstructing the activity of a natural substance known as acetylcholine.

Benztropine is able to reduce muscle stiffness, sweating, and saliva production, while enhancing walking ability in individuals affected by Parkinson’s disease. It can effectively manage severe muscle spasms of the neck, back, and eyes that may be associated with psychiatric drugs, and lessen other side effects like muscle rigidity and stiffness.

Uses and Dosage

Benztropine is an orally administered medication available in tablet form. Typically, it is taken once daily, preferably at bedtime. The frequency may be increased up to four times a day depending on the severity of the symptoms.

Take the medication at the same time(s) each day to achieve optimal therapeutic benefits. To ensure safe and effective use, carefully follow the instructions on the prescription label and seek clarification from the physician or pharmacist on any unclear aspects. Benztropine should only be taken as prescribed and not in excess or less than the prescribed amount.

At the outset of treatment, the physician may initiate with a lower dose and gradually escalate based on the patient’s response to the medication.

Do not stop the medication abruptly without consulting with your physician, particularly when using other medications simultaneously. A sudden halt in benztropine use can trigger a recurrence of Parkinson’s disease symptoms.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • dry mouth
  • difficulty or pain when urinating
  • constipation
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • loss of appetite

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • rash
  • fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
  • fever
  • confusion
  • depression
  • delusions or hallucinations
  • vision changes


Prior to taking benztropine, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any allergies, including allergies to this medication or any other substances contained in it. This product may contain inactive ingredients that could lead to an allergic reaction or other issues.

Prior to using this medication, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist of your medical history, particularly if you have a personal or family history of glaucoma, breathing difficulties, diarrhea caused by an infection, heart problems, high/low blood pressure, intestinal problems, blockage of the bladder/esophagus/stomach/intestines, kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood problems, a certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis), a certain nerve disease, seizure, stomach problems, stroke, overactive thyroid, problems urinating, or a personal or family history of a substance use disorder.

This medication may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. Alcohol or marijuana may intensify these effects. Do not operate machinery, drive, or perform any activities that require alertness or clear vision until you can do so safely.

This medication reduces saliva production, which can lead to an increased risk of gum and tooth problems (such as cavities and gum disease). Practice proper dental hygiene and have regular dental check-ups.

Benztropine can reduce sweating, making you more susceptible to heat stroke. Avoid activities that can cause you to overheat, such as strenuous labor or exercise in hot weather, or using hot tubs. Consume plenty of fluids and dress lightly. If you overheat, immediately seek a cool place to rest. Contact your doctor right away if you experience a fever that persists, mental/mood changes, headache, or dizziness.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication, particularly dizziness, drowsiness, heat stroke, memory problems, difficulty urinating, and constipation. Dizziness and drowsiness can increase the risk of falling.

Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication, especially its effects on heart rate.

This medication should only be used during pregnancy if it is absolutely necessary. Consult your doctor regarding the risks and benefits.

It is unclear whether this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Form and Strength

Cogentin is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • benztropine tablet:

    • 1mg


Is Cogentin used for anxiety?

No, Cogentin won’t help with anxiety.

Is Cogentin a sedative?

Reports have indicated that benztropine has a very large sedative effect.



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