Cogentin vs. Propranolol (Inderal, Innopran)

Are Cogentin and Propranolol the Same Thing?

Cogentin (benztropine mesylate) is an anti-Parkinson's agent and anticholinergic agent prescribed for treating the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and related drug-induced side effects.

Propranolol is a beta-adrenergic receptor blocking agent used for control of high blood pressure (hypertension).

Brand names for propranolol include Inderal LA, Inderal XL, and Hemangeol.

Side effects of Cogentin and propranolol that are similar include dizziness, nausea, vision changes/double vision, or sleep problems (insomnia or unusual dreams).

Side effects of Cogentin that are different from propranolol include drowsiness, headache, loss of appetite, stomach upset, trembling of the hands, numbness in your fingers, depression, memory problems, nervousness, excitability, dry mouth, or increased sensitivity to light.

Side effects of propranolol that are different from Cogentin include vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach cramps, rash, tiredness, lightheadedness, deceased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.

Both Cogentin and propranolol may interact with alcohol or antidepressants.

Cogentin may also interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicines, sedatives, narcotics, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicines for seizures, depression, or anxiety), amantadine, glycopyrrolate, mepenzolate, diuretics (water pills), potassium supplements, atropine, belladonna, dimenhydrinate, meclizine, methscopolamine, scopolamine, bladder or urinary medications, bronchodilators, irritable bowel medications, medicines to treat Alzheimer's dementia, or medicines to treat psychiatric disorders.

Propranolol may also interact with blood thinners, drugs to treat high blood pressure or a prostate disorder, heart or blood pressure medicines, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or steroids.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Cogentin?

Side effects of Cogentin include:

  • drowsiness,
  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • loss of appetite,
  • nausea,
  • stomach upset,
  • vision changes,
  • sleeplessness,
  • trembling of the hands,
  • numbness in your fingers,
  • depression,
  • memory problems,
  • nervousness,
  • excitability,
  • dry mouth,
  • double vision, or
  • increased sensitivity to light.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Propranolol?

Common side effects of Propranolol include:

What Is Cogentin?

Cogentin (benztropine mesylate) is an anti-Parkinson's agent and anticholinergic agent prescribed for treating the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and related drug-induced side effects.

What Is Propranolol?

Propranolol hydrochloride injection is a synthetic beta-adrenergic receptor blocking agent (beta-blocker) used to treat life-threatening arrhythmias or those occurring under anesthesia.

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What Drugs Interact With Cogentin?

Cogentin may interact with alcohol, other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), amantadine, glycopyrrolate, mepenzolate, diuretics (water pills), potassium supplements, antidepressants, atropine, belladonna, dimenhydrinate, meclizine, methscopolamine, scopolamine, bladder or urinary medications, bronchodilators, irritable bowel medications, medicines to treat Alzheimer's dementia, or medicines to treat psychiatric disorders. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Cogentin; it is unknown if it will harm a fetus. It is unknown if Cogentin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Propranolol?

Propranolol may interact with clonidine, digitalis, dobutamine, haloperidol, isoproterenol, blood thinners, antidepressants, MAO inhibitors, aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), doxazosin, prazosin, terazosin, heart medications, amiodarone, propafenone, quinidine, or ACE inhibitors.

How Should Cogentin Be Taken?

Cogentin usual adult dose ranges from 0.5 - 6 mg/day in 1-2 divided doses.

How Should Propranolol Be Taken?

Propranolol is available in strengths of 10, 20, 40, 60, and 80 mg tablets for oral administration. Doses are variable; tablets should be swallowed not chewed.

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References
SOURCES:

Akorn, Inc. Congentin Product Information.

http://www.akorn.com

ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Inderal LA Drug Information.

https://www.inderalla.com/

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