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14.11 Benztropine (Cogentin)

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Generic Name

Benztropine

Trade Name

Cogentin

Indication

Treatment for Parkinson’s disease

Action

Exhibits anticholinergic properties (blocks acetylcholine) in the CNS to reduce rigidity and tremors

Therapeutic Class

Antiparkinson agent

Pharmacologic Class

Anticholinergic

Nursing Considerations

• May lead to arrhythmias, hypotension, palpitations, and tachycardia
• Anticholinergic effects like constipation, dry mouth
• Assess for extrapyramidal symptoms
• Instruct patient to take as directed
• Instruct patient to maintain good oral hygiene

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