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Cogentin

Cogentin Side Effects Center

Pharmacy Editor: Eni Williams, PharmD, PhD

Cogentin (benztropine mesylate) is a medication that belongs to the drug class called anti-Parkinson's agents and anticholinergic agents. Cogentin is available as a generic drug. Cogentin is prescribed for treating the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and related drug-induced side effects. Common side effects of Cogentin include drowsiness, dizziness, headache, loss of appetite, stomach upset, vision changes, sleeplessness, or trembling of the hands.

Cogentin usual adult dose ranges from 0.5 - 6 mg/day in 1-2 divided doses. Drug interactions include tranquilizers (for example, Thorazine [chlorpromazine]), Symmetrel (amantadine), quinidine and digoxin. Cogentin should be avoided in pregnant women unless the risk outweighs the benefits and it is found in breast milk.

Our Cogentin Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication. articles.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.

Cogentin in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
  • feeling very weak;
  • feeling too weak to move;
  • confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • severe constipation;
  • dry mouth that interferes with speech, swallowing, appetite, or eating;
  • feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin;
  • blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights; or
  • twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • depressed mood, memory problems;
  • drowsiness, feeling nervous or excited;
  • nausea, upset stomach;
  • dry mouth (mild);
  • double vision, increased sensitivity to light; or
  • numbness in your fingers;

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Cogentin (Benztropine Mesylate Injection) »

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Cogentin FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

The adverse reactions below, most of which are anticholinergic in nature, have been reported and within each category are listed in order of decreasing severity.

Cardiovascular: Tachycardia.

Digestive: Paralytic ileus, constipation, vomiting, nausea, dry mouth.

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.

Nervous System

Toxic psychosis, including confusion, disorientation, memory impairment, visual hallucinations; exacerbation of pre-existing psychotic symptoms; nervousness; depression; listlessness; numbness of fingers.

Special Senses

Blurred vision, dilated pupils.

Urogenital

Urinary retention, dysuria.

Metabolic/Immune or Skin

Occasionally, an allergic reaction, e.g., skin rash, develops. If this cannot be controlled by dosage reduction, the medication should be discontinued.

Other

Heat stroke, hyperthermia, fever.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Lundbeck Inc. at 1-800455-1141 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Cogentin (Benztropine Mesylate Injection) »

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