Benztropine mesylate (By mouth)

Introduction

Benztropine Mesylate (BENZ-troe-peen MES-i-late)

Treats symptoms of Parkinson's disease or side effects of other drugs.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to benztropine. This medicine should not be taken by children under the age of three.

How to Use This Medicine

Tablet, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much to take and how often.
  • Benztropine may be taken with or without food.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.

If a dose is missed:

  • Take the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for your next usual dose, wait until then to take your medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking other medicines that make you sleepy such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicines, medicine for depression, tranquilizers, or narcotic pain killers.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Talk with your doctor before taking this medicine if you have glaucoma, bowel or stomach problems, enlarged prostate, fast or irregular heartbeat, or other medical problems.
  • This medicine may make you drowsy. Be careful while driving, using machinery, or doing dangerous jobs.
  • This medicine may make you sweat less and cause your body to get too hot. Be careful in hot weather, while you are exercising, or if using a sauna or whirlpool.
  • Tell your doctor if this medicine causes muscle weakness. If your neck muscles are stiff and suddenly become weak, your doctor may need to lower the dose you are taking.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Severe skin rash or hives
  • Confusion or excitement
  • Seeing or hearing unusual things
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Severe eye pain
  • Severe constipation or stomach pain
  • Unexplained high fever

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Dry mouth
  • Trouble urinating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred vision

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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