Medically reviewed on September 10, 2018
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- Benztropine Mesylate
Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.
Solution, Injection, as mesylate:
Cogentin: 1 mg/mL (2 mL)
Generic: 1 mg/mL (2 mL)
Solution, Injection, as mesylate [preservative free]:
Generic: 1 mg/mL (2 mL)
Tablet, Oral, as mesylate:
Generic: 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg
Brand Names: U.S.
- Anti-Parkinson Agent, Anticholinergic
- Anticholinergic Agent
Possesses both anticholinergic and antihistaminic effects. In vitro anticholinergic activity approximates that of atropine; in vivo it is only about half as active as atropine. Animal data suggest its antihistaminic activity and duration of action approach that of pyrilamine maleate.
Hepatic (N-oxidation, N-dealkylation, and ring hydroxylation) (from animal studies only) (Brocks 1999)
Onset of Action
IM, IV: Within a few minutes; there is no significant difference between onset of effect after intravenous or intramuscular injection
Oral: Within 1 hour
Time to Peak
Plasma: Oral: 7 hours (Brocks 1999)
Use: Labeled Indications
Drug-induced extrapyramidal symptoms (treatment): Aid in the control of extrapyramidal symptoms (except tardive dyskinesia) due to neuroleptic drugs (eg, phenothiazines).
Parkinsonism: Adjunctive therapy of all forms of parkinsonism.
Hypersensitivity to benztropine mesylate or any component of the formulation.
Children <3 years of age (due to atropine-like adverse effects including severe anhidrosis and fatal hyperthermia) and should be used cautiously in older children.
Drug-induced extrapyramidal symptoms (treatment): Oral, IM, IV: Note: Prophylactic use is generally not recommended to prevent antipsychotic-associated extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS); consider individual preferences, history of EPS and baseline risk factors for EPS, including antipsychotic receptor binding and adverse effect profile (Kreyenbuhl 2009).
Initial: 1 to 2 mg 2 to 3 times daily for reactions developing soon after initiation of antipsychotic medication. Usually provides relief within 1 to 2 days. Titrate gradually at 0.5 mg increments at 5- to 6-day intervals based on response and tolerability. Usual dosage is 1 to 4 mg once or twice daily up to a maximum daily dose of 6 mg. Treatment may be continued for 1 to 2 weeks, after which treatment should be withdrawn to reassess continued need for therapy. May reinitiate benztropine if symptoms recur (Holloman 1997; Tonda 1994). Note: Certain drug-induced extrapyramidal disorders that develop slowly may not respond to benztropine.
Acute dystonic reactions: 1 to 2 mg to treat acute reactions followed by 1 to 2 mg (orally) 1 to 2 times daily for up to 7 to 28 days to prevent recurrence. Note: IM/IV administration is preferred over oral administration for severe acute reactions due to the faster onset of action (Holloman 1997; Tonda 1994).
Parkinsonism: Oral, IM, IV:
Idiopathic parkinsonism: Initial: 0.5 to 1 mg/day as a single dose at bedtime or in 2 to 4 divided doses. Titrate in 0.5 mg increments every 5 to 6 days based on response and tolerability. Usual dose: 1 to 2 mg/day (range: 0.5 to 6 mg/day) although some patients may need 4 to 6 mg/day; maximum: 6 mg/day
Postencephalitic parkinsonism: Initial: 2 mg/day as a single dose at bedtime or in 2 to 4 divided doses; a lower initial dose of 0.5 mg at bedtime may be considered in highly sensitive patients. Titrate in 0.5 mg increments every 5 to 6 days based on response and tolerability. Usual dose: 1 to 2 mg/day (range: 0.5 to 6 mg/day); maximum: 6 mg/day.
Note: Lower initial doses may be appropriate for older and thinner patients.
Refer to adult dosing. Start at low end of dosing range and increase only as needed and as tolerated.
Drug-induced extrapyramidal symptoms (treatment): Oral, IM, IV: Note: Prophylactic use is generally not recommended to prevent antipsychotic-associated extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS); consider individual preferences, history of EPS and baseline risk factors for EPS, including antipsychotic receptor binding and adverse effect profile. (Kreyenbuhl 2009).
Children ≥3 years (off-label dose): 0.02 to 0.05 mg/kg/dose 1 to 2 times daily (Bellman 1974; Habre 1999; Joseph 1995; Teoh 2002)
Adolescents (off-label dose): 1 to 4 mg every 12 to 24 hours (Nelson 1996)
Dosing: Renal Impairment
There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer’s labeling.
Dosing: Hepatic Impairment
There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer’s labeling.
Oral: Administer with or without food.
Injectable: Administer IM or IV if oral route is unacceptable. Manufacturer’s labeling states there is no difference in onset of effect after IV or IM injection and therefore there is usually no need to use the IV route. No specific instructions on administering benztropine IV are provided in the labeling. The IV route has been reported in the literature (slow IV push when reported), although specific instructions are lacking (Duncan 2001; Lydon 1998; Sachdev 1993; Schramm 2002).
Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F).
AbobotulinumtoxinA: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the anticholinergic effect of AbobotulinumtoxinA. Monitor therapy
Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Anticholinergic Agents. Anticholinergic Agents may diminish the therapeutic effect of Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors. Monitor therapy
Aclidinium: May enhance the anticholinergic effect of Anticholinergic Agents. Avoid combination
Amantadine: May enhance the anticholinergic effect of Anticholinergic Agents. Monitor therapy
Amifampridine: May diminish the anticholinergic effect of Anticholinergic Agents. Anticholinergic Agents may diminish the therapeutic effect of Amifampridine. Monitor therapy
Anticholinergic Agents: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of other Anticholinergic Agents. Monitor therapy
Cannabinoid-Containing Products: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the tachycardic effect of Cannabinoid-Containing Products. Exceptions: Cannabidiol. Monitor therapy
Chloral Betaine: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Anticholinergic Agents. Monitor therapy
Cimetropium: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the anticholinergic effect of Cimetropium. Avoid combination
Eluxadoline: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the constipating effect of Eluxadoline. Avoid combination
Gastrointestinal Agents (Prokinetic): Anticholinergic Agents may diminish the therapeutic effect of Gastrointestinal Agents (Prokinetic). Monitor therapy
Glucagon: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Glucagon. Specifically, the risk of gastrointestinal adverse effects may be increased. Monitor therapy
Glycopyrrolate (Oral Inhalation): Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the anticholinergic effect of Glycopyrrolate (Oral Inhalation). Avoid combination
Glycopyrronium (Topical): May enhance the anticholinergic effect of Anticholinergic Agents. Avoid combination
Ioflupane I 123: Benztropine may diminish the diagnostic effect of Ioflupane I 123. Monitor therapy
Ipratropium (Oral Inhalation): May enhance the anticholinergic effect of Anticholinergic Agents. Avoid combination
Itopride: Anticholinergic Agents may diminish the therapeutic effect of Itopride. Monitor therapy
Levosulpiride: Anticholinergic Agents may diminish the therapeutic effect of Levosulpiride. Avoid combination
Mianserin: May enhance the anticholinergic effect of Anticholinergic Agents. Monitor therapy
Mirabegron: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Mirabegron. Monitor therapy
Nitroglycerin: Anticholinergic Agents may decrease the absorption of Nitroglycerin. Specifically, anticholinergic agents may decrease the dissolution of sublingual nitroglycerin tablets, possibly impairing or slowing nitroglycerin absorption. Monitor therapy
OnabotulinumtoxinA: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the anticholinergic effect of OnabotulinumtoxinA. Monitor therapy
Opioid Analgesics: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Opioid Analgesics. Specifically, the risk for constipation and urinary retention may be increased with this combination. Monitor therapy
Oxatomide: May enhance the anticholinergic effect of Anticholinergic Agents. Avoid combination
Potassium Chloride: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the ulcerogenic effect of Potassium Chloride. Management: Patients on drugs with substantial anticholinergic effects should avoid using any solid oral dosage form of potassium chloride. Avoid combination
Potassium Citrate: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the ulcerogenic effect of Potassium Citrate. Avoid combination
Pramlintide: May enhance the anticholinergic effect of Anticholinergic Agents. These effects are specific to the GI tract. Consider therapy modification
Ramosetron: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the constipating effect of Ramosetron. Monitor therapy
RimabotulinumtoxinB: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the anticholinergic effect of RimabotulinumtoxinB. Monitor therapy
Secretin: Anticholinergic Agents may diminish the therapeutic effect of Secretin. Management: Avoid concomitant use of anticholinergic agents and secretin. Discontinue anticholinergic agents at least 5 half-lives prior to administration of secretin. Consider therapy modification
Thiazide and Thiazide-Like Diuretics: Anticholinergic Agents may increase the serum concentration of Thiazide and Thiazide-Like Diuretics. Monitor therapy
Tiotropium: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the anticholinergic effect of Tiotropium. Avoid combination
Topiramate: Anticholinergic Agents may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Topiramate. Monitor therapy
Umeclidinium: May enhance the anticholinergic effect of Anticholinergic Agents. Avoid combination
Frequency not defined.
Central nervous system: Confusion, depression, disorientation, heatstroke, hyperthermia, lethargy, memory impairment, nervousness, numbness of fingers, psychotic symptoms (exacerbation of pre-existing symptoms), toxic psychosis, visual hallucination
Dermatologic: Skin rash
Gastrointestinal: Constipation, nausea, paralytic ileus, vomiting, xerostomia
Genitourinary: Dysuria, urinary retention
Ophthalmic: Blurred vision, mydriasis
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Anhidrosis/hyperthermia: May cause anhidrosis and hyperthermia, which may be severe; use with caution in hot weather or during exercise. The risk is increased in hot environments, particularly in the elderly, alcoholics, patients with CNS disease, and those with prolonged outdoor exposure. If there is evidence of anhidrosis, consider decreasing dose so the ability to maintain body heat equilibrium by perspiration is not impaired.
• Anticholinergic effects: May cause anticholinergic effects (constipation, xerostomia, blurred vision, urinary retention).
• CNS effects: May be associated with confusion, visual hallucinations or excitement (generally at higher dosages); intensification of symptoms or toxic psychosis may occur in patients with mental disorders. May cause CNS depression, which may impair physical or mental abilities; patients must be cautioned about performing tasks which require mental alertness (eg, operating machinery or driving).
• Weakness: When given in large doses or to susceptible patients, may cause weakness and inability to move particular muscle groups.
• Cardiovascular disease: Use with caution in patients with tachycardia.
• GI obstruction: Use with caution in patients with obstructive disease of the GI tract (eg, pyloric or duodenal obstruction).
• Glaucoma: Use with caution in patients with glaucoma; avoid use in angle-closure glaucoma.
• Prostatic hyperplasia/urinary stricture: Use with caution in patients with prostatic hyperplasia and/or urinary stricture or retention.
Concurrent drug therapy issues:
• Drug-drug interactions: Potentially significant interactions may exist, requiring dose or frequency adjustment, additional monitoring, and/or selection of alternative therapy. Consult drug interactions database for more detailed information.
• Pediatric: Use with caution in children >3 years of age due to its anticholinergic effects; dose has not been established. Use is contraindicated in children <3 years of age.
• Tardive dyskinesia: Not recommended for use in patients with tardive dyskinesia; benztropine does not relieve symptoms of tardive dyskinesia and may potentially exacerbate symptoms.
Pulse, anticholinergic effects (baseline; as clinically indicated)
Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted. Paralytic ileus (which resolved rapidly) was reported in two newborns exposed to a combination of benztropine and chlorpromazine during the second and third trimesters and the last 6 weeks of pregnancy, respectively (Falterman 1980).
• Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)
• Patient may experience nausea, vomiting, or dry mouth. Have patient report immediately to prescriber mood changes, behavioral changes, hallucinations, confusion, severe anxiety, vision changes, eye pain, severe eye irritation, difficulty swallowing, difficulty speaking, lack of appetite, weight loss, difficult urination, painful urination, tachycardia, enlarged pupils, memory impairment, severe abdominal pain, severe constipation, weakness, difficulty moving, lack of sweating, heat stroke, or high fever (HCAHPS).
• Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.
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- Drug class: anticholinergic antiparkinson agents
Other brands: Cogentin