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 44 34
Restlessness 14 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 9
None 25

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Benztropine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 7
Blurry vision 4
Constipation 3
Drowsiness 3
Occasional constipation 2
Agitation 1

Show all 34 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Benztropine

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 8
1 mg twice daily 3
0.5 mg daily 2
0.5 mg twice daily 2
1.5 mg daily 1
2 mg twice daily 1
4 mg daily 1
3 mg three times daily 1
6 mg three times daily 1
2mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Benztropine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 22
Did not seem to work 13
Doctor's advice 10
Course of treatment ended 6
Other 4
Personal research 2
See all 44 patients who’ve stopped taking Benztropine

Duration

Currently taking Benztropine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 4
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 12
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 58
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 48
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 33
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
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6 patient evaluations for Benztropine

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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

See TheTrishgu's full Benztropine history

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 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

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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:F52y
FM:13y Dx
CFS:24y 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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COOPERATI
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COOPERATI
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 4
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 4
External Stress: Overwhelming
43 M
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
Schizophrenia

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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
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