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Why is this medication prescribed?
Benztropine is used to treat tremors brought on by various medical conditions or drugs, as well as the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), a nervous system ailment that impairs balance, movement, and muscular control. The drug benztropine belongs to the group of drugs known as anticholinergics. It helps people with Parkinson’s disease have fewer symptoms by inhibiting acetylcholine, a natural chemical.
How should this medicine be used?
Benztropine is available as an oral tablet. It is typically taken before bed. It is typically used once daily, but depending on your symptoms, you may take it up to four times daily. Take benztropine every day at around the same time(s). Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the benztropine instructions exactly. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.
Your doctor can start you off on a low dose and gradually raise it while they monitor how you react to the benztropine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following.
Without first seeing your doctor, never abruptly cease using benztropine, especially if you concurrently take other drugs. Parkinson’s disease symptoms could reappear after a sudden pause.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking benztropine,
- If you have an allergy to benztropine, any other drugs, or any of the chemicals in the benztropine preparation, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. For a list of the ingredients, consult your physician or pharmacist or look on the label of the container.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Tricyclic antidepressants such desipramine (Norpramin), clomipramine (Anafranil), imipramine (Tofranil), trimipramine (Surmontil), or haloperidol should be mentioned (Haldol).
- Inform your doctor if you have or have ever had glaucoma, prostatic hypertrophy (BPH, an enlargement of the prostate gland), other issues with your urinary system, heart or blood pressure issues, tardive dyskinesia (uncontrollable movement of the face, tongue, or other body parts), glaucoma, or any of these conditions.
- Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking benztropine.
- You should let your doctor or dentist know that you are taking benztropine if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
- You should be aware that this medication might make you sleepy. Until you are certain of how this medication affects you, do not operate machinery or drive a car.
- Keep in mind that drinking can intensify the effects of benztropine on sleep.
- Make a plan to limit your time spent in the sun and to use sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothes. Your skin could become sun-sensitive if you take benztropine.
- If you are 65 years of age or older, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of taking benztropine with your doctor. Benztropine is typically not recommended for usage in older adults since it is less reliable and less efficient than alternative drugs that can be used to treat the same disease.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
There are frequently benztropine side effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Dry mouth
- Challenge or discomfort while urinating
- Reduced appetite
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Hammering, rapid, or erratic heartbeat
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Vision alterations
Other negative effects of benztropine are possible. If you have any strange side effects while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right once.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
Symptoms of overdose may include the following:
- Seeing nonexistent objects (hallucinating)
- Muscle weakness
- Mouth ache
- Fuzzy vision
- Hammering or fast heartbeat
- Uneasy stomach
- Painful urination
- Having trouble swallowing
- Flushed, heated, and dry skin
- Tainted vomit
- Heat stroke
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To determine how you are responding to benztropine, your doctor may request specific lab tests.
No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.