BENZTROPINE

13 Jun 2019

Generic Name : BENZTROPINE

ABSTRACT –

Benztropine is used in treating movement disorders that occur due to certain diseases such as dystonia, tardive dyskinesia and Parkinsonism. It relives the tremors and is useful in alleviating rigidity and bradykinesia. It also controls extrapyramidal disorders caused due to neuroleptic drugs. It is a tropane based dopamine inhibitor type of drug belonging to class Anticholinergic.

DOSAGE –

  • Benztropine has to be taken as directed by the doctors.
  • Prescribed dosage:
  • Tablet: 2 mg
    Liquid: 1 mg
    Injection: 1mg/1ml

SIDE EFFECTS –

  • Dry Mouth
  • Blurry Vision
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Anorexia
  • Urinary Retention
  • Sweat Impairment
  • Tachycardia

RARE SIDE EFFECTS:

SHORT-TERM EFFECTS:

  • The patient might witness excessive drowsiness.
  • Regular heat strokes may occur

SHORT-TERM EFFECTS:

  • The long term treatment leads to weakening of muscles.
  • Extreme weight loss may be observed.

DRUG INTERACTIONS –

  • Alosetrone
  • Atropine
  • Edrophonium
  • Glucagon
  • Loxapine
  • Macimorelin
  • Neostigmine
  • Physostigmine

MILD INTERACTIONS OF BENZTROPINE ARE:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Aclidinium
  • Alfentanil
  • Amantadine
  • Belladonna
  • Brompheniramine
  • Carbidopa
  • Cetrizine
  • Clozapine
  • Digoxin

PRECAUTIONS –

  • Avoid alcohol as it will raise drowsiness.
  • Keep a regular check on the cardiac rhythm.s
  • With a history of glaucoma, go for alternative drugs.
  • Regularly move the body to strengthen the muscles.

PREGNANCY AND LACTATION WITH BENZTROPINE:

  • The sufficient readings aren’t available.
  • The consultation of a doctor before breastfeeding is a must. The drug might affect the production of milk.

WARNINGS –

  • Do not stop the drug abruptly
  • Avoid driving after the consuming drug as its drowsiness effect might be risky.

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