What is Benztropine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Cogentin Benztrop

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Benztropine is an anticholinergic drug used in the treatment of tremor in Parkinson's disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Treat side effects of another treatment 58 49
Restlessness (akathisia) 18 13
Increase effect of another treatment 13 6
Parkinson's disease 8 2
Tremor in hands 6 5
Tremor(s) 6 6

Show all 51 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 15
Moderate 22
Mild 9
None 39

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Benztropine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 9
Constipation 6
Blurry vision 4
Drowsiness 3
Agitation 1
Auditory hallucinations 1

Show all 34 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Benztropine

Dosage Patients
1 mg twice daily 5
1 mg daily 4
0.5 mg daily 3
0.5 mg twice daily 2
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1.5 mg daily 1
1 tablet(s) twice daily 1
2 mg daily 1
4 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Benztropine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 25
Did not seem to work 17
Doctor's advice 13
Course of treatment ended 8
Other 6
Personal research 2
See all 56 patients who've stopped taking Benztropine

Duration

Currently taking Benztropine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Benztropine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 71
Usually 7
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 63
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 41
Not specified 38

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Benztropine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 1
Haloperidol (Haldol) 1
Ropinirole (Requip) 1

Patients stopped taking Benztropine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 1
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 1
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 1
Lorazepam (Ativan) 1
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6 patient evaluations for Benztropine

May 9, 2017 (Started Nov 17, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for tardive dyskinesia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Nov 17, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for tardive dyskinesia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 16, 2017 (Started Jan 13, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat side effects of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 15, 2014 (Started Oct 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat side effects of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle twitching (fasciculations))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Severe (memory and cognition problems, dry mouth, increased energy)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 29, 2014 (Started Oct 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat side effects of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Unexpected side effect of more energy, which could be due to less muscle tension.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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