Has anyone taken Cogentin (Benztropine) for EPS?
I take Seroquel and I have a bit of teeth grinding during the day that drives me crazy... It gets so sore after awhile, so my PDoc rx'd Benztropine and said it would help.I hate trying new meds but wanted to see: How long does this med take to kick in? Like an hour or two, or is this one of those that...
Asked by Rhoda Digiambattist 4 months ago.
I take Seroquel and I have a bit of teeth grinding during the day that drives me crazy... It gets so sore after awhile, so my PDoc rx'd Benztropine and said it would help. I hate trying new meds but wanted to see: How long does this med take to kick in? Like an hour or two, or is this one of those that takes a few days to notice the difference? Also does it make you sleepy? God knows I'm already sleepy enough with the Seroquel, but I like how that works so I'm hoping for the best with the Benztropine. Thanks All Answered by Wilhemina Grabowsky 4 months ago.
Cogentin can help reduce EPS (extrapyramidal symptoms) Unfortunately all antipsychotics (Zyprexa,Risperdal,Abilify,Geodon,Seroqu... etc ) can cause EPS. Common side effects of Cogentin include sedation, dry mouth and constipation. You might want to take one dose at night, and try to use the lowest dose possible (start with 0.5- 1 mg at night. If it doesn't make you feel groggy try adding on a morning dose as well. Answered by Gertrudis Tarricone 4 months ago.
Haloperidol and Cogentin?
I have just started taking Haloperidol today and I have pain behind the eyes. I know what that is. Its the Cogentin. But if I don't take the Cogentin, I will get a dystonic reaction. Are there any over the counter or prescription drugs that can stop dystonias from coming on, apart from Cogentin?I have already...
Asked by Soo Grabhorn 4 months ago.
I have just started taking Haloperidol today and I have pain behind the eyes. I know what that is. Its the Cogentin. But if I don't take the Cogentin, I will get a dystonic reaction. Are there any over the counter or prescription drugs that can stop dystonias from coming on, apart from Cogentin? I have already had one dystonia and it was reversed by an injection of Phenergan. I have been taking Panadeine Forte for the pain behind the eyes, but thats only masking the problem. So, again, I ask, are there any alternatives besides Cogentin? I want to be on Haldol for a while, so I need to find out what other drugs can stop dystonias. Can I buy an over the counter medication such as Phenergan 25mg, instead of Cogentin? My vision is all blurry and I can hardly read what I'm writing. I hate this Cogentin. I don't want to be on it. But if I don't take it, my body gets paralysed from the head down. My neck gets thrown back, and my eyes roll back in my head. So people, if you have any suggestions of what to take to stop dystonias from coming on... PLEASE let me know. Thanks. Answered by Angelic Broadrick 4 months ago.
You have to ask yourself: is the risk of a dystonic reaction or tardive dyskenesia (another side effect,movement disorder except this can be PERMANENT.) worth the trouble you are going to, taking a very potent medication like Haldol. I took Haldol for about two weeks, and I had to stop it because I got tardive dyskenesia. I took the cogentin, the antidote, and was fine. I've had an acute dystonic reaction before to fluphenazine (prolixin) and the first time it happened, I was completely paralyzed and contorted and had to go to the emergency room because we didn't have the antidote at home. I had a second dystonic reaction to fluphenazine and had to go to the ER again. Then on Risperdal I had a couple more dystonic reactions, but we had the cogentin at home and I took that, it was uncomfortable but it went away on its own. Then a day or so later, even after stopping the risperdal, I had ANOTHER reaction, same as the other dystonic reactions, except I started shaking all over too. My mom called the doctor and the dr. said I was in withdrawl from the risperdal. so now I am taking a low dose of risperdal and cogentin every day until I can weane off of it completely. Cogentin and benadryl are the antidote drugs they give you for a dystonic reaction. I've chosen to stop taking the drugs that gave me these reactions, but I understand for you, you might not be able to quit them like I can. Talk to your doctor about another antidote drug, this isn't something you want to do on your own. Even though cogentin can cause a few side effects of its own, to me, it is totally worth the blurry vision it gives me to keep from having another one of those nightmarish reactions. I'm wearing my mom's reading glasses so I can see what I am typing. Maybe some drugstore or dollar store reading glasses can help you with the vision. Tell your doctor about everything next time you see him/her, because you might have another medication you can take for your original problem instead of Haldol. Believe me, you don't want to mess around with side effects with these antipsychotic drugs. In my personal opinion, it's best not to take antipsychotics at all unless they are very necessarry. If you have tourette's like I do, there are other drugs that you may not have heard about. I don't know anything about your condition, but I really get what you mean about these side effects. They are positively horrible. Good luck and God bless. -Melody Answered by Xochitl Loscalzo 4 months ago.
years ago I had several clients that were given a prescribed anti-histamine that later became OTC it was a small hexagonal green tablet if memory serves and worked rather well although it seemed to have been prescribed primarily as an anti-indigestion or anti-emetic, if I can remeber the name I'll re-answer the question. But, in the meantime ask your pharmacist if they can tell you what the better OTC's are for your problem. Cimetidine may have been the name? Answered by Inger Hardnett 4 months ago.
Haldol Antidote Answered by Amira Kaemmerling 4 months ago.
It may damage his sperm but only healthy sperm can fertilize an egg. Answered by Wallace Fulks 4 months ago.
Anyone help with Cogentin (benztropine) ?
I feel really sad on this medication, tell me how long does it take to fully get into my body, and i would like to know does it cause igitation, or depresson ??? i take psycoth medication, also anti-depressent and anti0bpolar
Asked by Cedric Skees 4 months ago.
Cogentin (benztropine) does have some side effects such as irritation, agitation, pruritus, but all patients do not experience them, and most develop tolerance to them within 2 weeks, so you would be perfectly fine after a few days, just give your body time to get adjusted to the medication. Answered by Mariela Larkey 4 months ago.
Cogentin is a side effect medication. Since you are on an antipsychotic the cogentin is used as a preventative of possible side effects. Answered by Malka Kraetsch 4 months ago.
Tardive dyskenesia sufferers please try Cogentin.?
Ummm I said basically cured, not cured. We all know there is no cure for td, and risperdal is the drug that gave me the td in the first place.
Asked by Gwyneth Nicley 4 months ago.
No sir that is not true at all. It masks the symptoms Tardive Dyskinesias but it does not cure anything. Your physician should be re-evaluating the medications your are on for schizophrenia for possible changes to ones that do not cause or worsen existing TD. The older agents like Haldol and Mellaril tend to cause much more TD than the newer agents. The newer agents have their own headaches as well such as increased cost and increase in diabetes. Ripserdal is available now generically and is reasonable in cost as compared to the original trade name. The point I am trying to make is that the effect of the Cogentin (Benztropine) is to hide the existance of the TD not cure it. Your Psychiatrist should be doing an AIMs test on you every 90 days. (Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale) and adjust the medication accordingly. Why I am saying this is that TDs are dose related. The higher the dose of schizophrenic medication the more severe the TDs become for the person who suffers from them and that is usually irreversible. It is ok to mask the symptoms but not ok to use it as a way to increase the dose. Increasing the amount of Risperdal or other agents the greater the intensity the TDs become. Benztropine does work well but be careful about making the situation worse unintentionally. Answered by Kimberley Mongelli 4 months ago.
we administered it to decrease side effects, and we see improvements of our patients on it all the time Answered by Agustin Olarte 4 months ago.
Can missing a dose of benzitropine/cogentin cause withdrawal symptoms?
I forgot to fill a prescription and I won't have a dose for tonight, it's to help restless legs from psych meds. Will I have an withdrawals symptoms?
Asked by Jeffery Biddinger 4 months ago.
I can help. I have severe Bipolar disorder with anxiety and panic and am taking Cogentin. If you just miss one dose you will not have withdrawals. However if you miss more than one dose or stop taking it completely you will get withdrawals. Talk to your psychiatrist if you want to stop Cogentin because they can taper you off Cogentin slowly. I REALLY hope that helps you out. If I helped you please vote me for best answer. Feel better HUGZ Raymond Answered by Taunya Badami 4 months ago.
Could 2mg Cogentin work when 1mg Cogentin doesn't?
In the past when I had akathisia I use to take 1mg twice daily Cogentin but it did little if much help. Is it possible for 2mg twice daily to work better than the lower dose? Honest answers please. Thanks...
Asked by Ilda Mamo 4 months ago.
It might but there are side effects associated with cogentin that aren't very pleasant for me including vision blurred to the point where I wore contacts and reading glasses at the same time and I still couldn't see well enough to read or drive and I also was sleepwalking every night doing bizarre things with no memory of it and was afraid I was going to drive in that state. I definitely believe that you are breaking the trust between the doctor and yourself and presuming you know more than the doc when you start taking more than you are supposed to without calling to ask him/her if it is ok. Answered by Hermelinda Balloon 4 months ago.
Definitely. I haven't been on that medication, but when I was diagnosed with depression over a year ago I was on 10mg of prozac a day. That worked for about a month, then stopped. I was put on 20mg a day, and it's worked for a year now. This is a decision for your psychiatrist or general doctor to make, not you playing pharmacist in the kitchen. Answered by Whitley Twisselman 4 months ago.
Doc putting me on Cogentin for uncontrolable muscle movement and Prolinxin. Anyone have any experience with?
Asked by Lanette Gayheart 4 months ago.
I work with people with mental illness that are on Cogentin (Benzopropine). I know that they take these to help with side effects of their other medications (lots of them cause tremors and uncontrolable shaking). From what I have seen the Cogentin really does help and does not seem to have any horrible side effects. If you have a PDR that will help give you more information. Answered by Emil Converse 4 months ago.
Will cogentin go good for Geodon side affects?
My son was doing well on Geodon,then he started having bad side affects.Now the doc.wants to add Cogentin to counter act the side affects.Is that a good thing to help him?
Asked by Alena Southwood 4 months ago.
Many doctors will prescribe cogentin to reduce tremors. Rather than doing this, have you asked him/her about a different antipsychotic that is less likely to have that side effect? It won't hurt him to take the cogentin, but there may be an alternative. Answered by Maxine Slominski 4 months ago.
Can I drink any alcohol while taking cogentin?
I have been taking 5 mg cogentin and 600 mg tegretol for the past 5 years for a movement control disorder. Is it okay to have any alcohol while taking these medicines? How much might be okay? I haven't had any in such a long time and those Coronas at Cinco de Mayo looked really good. Even a little would be...
Asked by Mica Vagott 4 months ago.
I have been taking 5 mg cogentin and 600 mg tegretol for the past 5 years for a movement control disorder. Is it okay to have any alcohol while taking these medicines? How much might be okay? I haven't had any in such a long time and those Coronas at Cinco de Mayo looked really good. Even a little would be okay, but a lot would be better. Answered by Karine Defilippo 4 months ago.
No, please don't! Please call and ask your pharmacist though he or she will most likely tell you Not to mix alcohol and cogentin (or tegretol). Answered by Karol Bromley 4 months ago.
You should never mix medicines with alcohol. That is just common sense. Answered by Sherry Maccheyne 4 months ago.
My doc prescribed me haldol and cogentin to help me sleep and calm down.?
Anyone else using haldol? I know for one thing it makes me a little drowsy during the day even if I took it the night before and at 1mg. I was just wondering how everyone else was doing on haldol.
Asked by Dewayne Mcelvaine 4 months ago.
Haldol is an excellent anti-psychotic medication. The cogentin is to prevent side effects which can be very bothersome. Any time you start taking any of the psychotropic medications you may very well feel drowsy. This symptom will go away with time and when the therapeutic dosage is reached. Just keep doing what your doc tells you and let him/her know of any concerns you may have. best wishes Answered by Ronnie Tinnel 4 months ago.
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