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 49 36
Restlessness 15 8
Increase effect of another treatment 13 7
Parkinson's Disease 6 1
Tremor in hands 6 5
Tremor(s) 5 6

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 14
Moderate 19
Mild 10
None 26

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Benztropine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 8
Constipation 5
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 daily 10
0.5 mg daily 2
0.5 mg twice daily 2
1 mg twice daily 2
1.5 mg daily 1
1 tablet(s) twice daily 1
2 mg twice daily 1
4 mg daily 1
3 mg three times daily 1
6 mg three times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Benztropine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 22
Did not seem to work 14
Doctor's advice 10
Course of treatment ended 7
Other 4
Personal research 2
See all 46 patients who’ve stopped taking Benztropine

Duration

Currently taking Benztropine

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

Stopped taking Benztropine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 15
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 60
Usually 3
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 50
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 35
Not specified 28

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Benztropine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 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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7 patient evaluations for Benztropine

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poppysmom
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poppysmom
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 60
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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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

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TheTrishgu
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TheTrishgu
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
35 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

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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
FibroMom63
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FibroMom63
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F53y
FM:14y Dx
CFS:25y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jul 1, 2014 (Started May 13, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat side effects of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Cognitive confusion, Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This med made me crazier than normal. I could not think straight, and the dry mouth was severe. I was drinking constantly, but at least my hands weren't shaking.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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