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The adverse reactions below, most of which are antichlolinergic in nature, have been reported and within each category are listed in order of decreasing severity.
If dry mouth is so severe that there is difficulty in swallowing or speaking, or loss of appetite and weight, reduce dosage, or discontinue the drug temporarily.
Slight reduction in dosage may control nausea and still give sufficient relief of symptoms. Vomiting may be controlled by temporary discontinuation, followed by resumption at a lower dosage.
Toxic psychosis, including confusion, disorientation, memory impairment, visual hallucinations; exacerbation of pre-existing psychotic symptoms; nervousness; depression; listlessness; numbness of fingers.
Blurred vision, dilated pupils.
Urinary retention, dysuria.
Metabolic/Immune or Skin
Read the Benztropine Mesylate (benztropine mesylate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
Because of the atropine-like side effects, benztropine mesylate should be used with caution in pediatric patients over three years of age (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).
Last reviewed on RxList: 6/20/2007
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
Additional Benztropine Mesylate Information
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