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 56 44
Restlessness (akathisia) 19 13
Increase effect of another treatment 13 6
Parkinson's disease 8 2
Tremor in hands 6 5
Tremor(s) 6 6

Show all 49 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 20
Mild 10
None 36

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Benztropine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 8
Constipation 6
Blurry vision 4
Drowsiness 3
Agitation 1
Auditory hallucinations 1

Show all 35 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Benztropine

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 6
1 mg twice daily 3
2 mg daily 2
0.5 mg daily 1
0.5 mg twice daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1.5 mg daily 1
1 mg three times daily 1
4 mg daily 1
1mg as needed 1

See all 11 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Benztropine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 24
Did not seem to work 16
Doctor's advice 13
Course of treatment ended 7
Other 6
Personal research 2
See all 53 patients who've stopped taking Benztropine

Duration

Currently taking Benztropine

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

Stopped taking Benztropine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 70
Usually 5
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 58
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 39
Not specified 36

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)
  • 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 Twice 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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