14.11 Benztropine (Cogentin)

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Treatment for Parkinson’s disease


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

Therapeutic Class

Antiparkinson agent

Pharmacologic Class


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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