Pronunciation: BENZ troe peen
0.5 mg, round, white, imprinted with V, 23 25
2 mg, round, white, imprinted with V, 23 27
0.5 mg, round, white, imprinted with 832 BM 05
0.5 mg, capsule, white, imprinted with I G, 318
1 mg, round, white, imprinted with A2, M
0.5 mg, round, white, imprinted with EP 136
1 mg, oval, white, imprinted with EP 137
2 mg, round, white, imprinted with EPI 138
0.5 mg, round, white, imprinted with par 164
0.5 mg, round, white, imprinted with 832 BM 05
1 mg, oval, white, imprinted with par 165
1 mg, elliptical, white, imprinted with 832 BM1
2 mg, round, white, imprinted with par 166
2 mg, round, white, imprinted with 832 BM2
0.5 mg, round, white, imprinted with N 9
1 mg, oval, white, imprinted with N 10
2 mg, round, white, imprinted with N 11
Benztropine reduces the effects of certain chemicals in the body that may be unbalanced as a result of disease (such as Parkinson's), drug therapy, or other causes.
Benztropine is used together with other medicines to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (muscle spasms, stiffness, tremors, poor muscle control).
Benztropine is also used to treat and prevent these symptoms when they are caused by drugs such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), perphenazine (Trilafon), and others.
Benztropine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use benztropine if you are allergic to it.
Benztropine is not approved for use by anyone younger than 3 years old.
To make sure benztropine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
Using benztropine during pregnancy could harm the unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while using this medicine.
It is not known whether benztropine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
It is best to take benztropine at bedtime, especially if you take this medicine only once per day. Follow your doctor's instructions.
It may take up to 3 days before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Your mouth may feel dry while taking benztropine. To prevent or relieve dry mouth, suck on a piece of sugar-free hard candy, chew sugar-free gum, drink water, chew on ice chips, or use a saliva substitute.
Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking benztropine.
Dry mouth may lead to gum disease or cavities. Brush and floss your teeth regularly and see a dentist for routine check-ups while you are taking benztropine.
You should not stop using any of your anti-Parkinson medications suddenly. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
This medicine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Benztropine can decrease sweating and you may be more prone to heat stroke.
If you also take ketoconazole, do not take it within 2 hours before you take benztropine.
Drinking alcohol with benztropine can cause side effects.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
Side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, and confusion may be more likely in older adults.
Common side effects may include:
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.
Taking this medicine with other drugs that make you sleepy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before taking benztropine with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with benztropine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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