Benzatropine review

Benzatropine is an anticholinergic medication used for treating Parkinsons illness and related conditions such as parkinsonism, dystonia, and akathasia. Its effects have been shown to have an effective and significant therapeutic value in the management of the symptoms of parkinsonism. It counteracts the effects of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and balances the levels of acetylcholine and dopamine in the body, which may help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's illness in its early stages. It can also be used to treat movement disorders resulting from the use of other antipsychotic medication. Aside from its anticholinergic effect, doctors have also observed an antihistaminic activity approaching that of pyrilamine maleate.

It is available as a pill in 0.5 mg, 1 mg or 2 mg dosages and is available as brand names such a Cogentin.

Usually this medication is prescribed for most forms of parkinsonism and movement disorders resulting from the use of antipsychotic medications, with the exception of tardive dyskenesia. It can also be a useful part of Parkinson's treatment where it helps reduce symptoms of tremors rather than the stiffness of motion. Sufferers of dystonia also benefit from Benzatropine since it can relax the sudden contortions of the limbs and torso that these patients can suffer.

Benzatropine is typically administered using the lowest dose possible, with the doctor monitoring the patient's condition as the dosage is increased by 0.5mg every 5 to 6 days, up to a maximum dose of 6 mg. The reason is to find the optimal dose for the patient using the least amount of medicine possible.

The doctor will typically instruct the patient to take the medicine 2 to 4 times each day along with meals and before bedtime or as a single dose at bedtime. The doctor may modify dosage as they see fit based on the patient's condition.

Benzatropine should be taken at least an hour before taking antacids containing calcium, magnesium or aluminum. Also allow one to two hours before and after taking Benzatropine when taking adsorbent diarrhea medication containing pectin, kaolin or attapulgite as this may affect the body's absorption of Benzatropine. If you are taking ketoconazole, do not take Benzatropine until two hours after the ketoconazole dose as it may affect the absorption of the keotconazole.

When Benzatropine is being taken to counteract side effects caused by another antipsychotic medication, your doctor may direct you to take it only as necessary. The doctor may also alter the dosage of the other medications you are taking. Follow the doctor's prescriptions carefully.

Though rare, an addiction may arise from the use of this medication. Do not extend your treatment or increase your dose unless directed to do so by your doctor. Proper halting of treatment will be essential, but in certain cases an abrupt discontinuing of dosage may aggravate certain symptoms so your doctor may design an increasingly lowered dose until you can safely stop taking this medication.

Dizziness, constipation, nausea, somnolence, blurred vision or a xerostomia may occur as a side effect of Benzatropine use. The side effects may reduce as you get used to the medication, but if any of these effects worsen or persist, consult your doctor.

Inform your doctor of any occurrence of high fevers, severe stomach pain, any difficulty in passing urine, weakness or a decrease in sexual ability. However, if you feel chest pains, dizziness which results in fainting, mood swings or mental disturbances, irregular heartbeats or symptoms of extreme allergic reactions such as rashes, fever or inflammation, seek medical attention immediately.

Inform your doctor of any existing medical conditions, including heart illness, glaucoma, gastrointestinal disorders such as ulcers and blockage, liver illness, other mental and movement disorders, high blood pressure, or disorders causing difficulty in peeing.

Be aware of the somnolence Benzatropine may cause, and avoid spending time in poorly ventilated and hot areas as some users may experience an increase in body temperature.

Benzatropine has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of benzatropine

• Molecular formula of benzatropine is C21H25NO
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 3-benzhydryloxy-8-methyl-8-azabicyclo[3.2.1]octane
• Molecular weight is 307.429 g/mol
Benzatropine available : 0,5mg tablets, 1mg tablets and 2mg tablets

Generic name: Benztropine

Brand name(s): Akitan, Benzatropina, Benzatropinum, Benztropine mesylate, Benztropinum, Cobrentin, Cogentin, Cogentine, Cogentinol

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