What should I know about Cogentin before taking it?

If you are allergic to Cogentin or its generic equivalent benztropine, are taking the medication pramlintide (Symlin) or have tardive dyskinesia, you should not take Cogentin at all. Tell your doctor about all drugs, herbs and vitamins you are taking, especially potassium supplements, amantadine, atropine, belladonna, heart rhythm medications, donepezil, dimenhydrinate, bronchodilators, galantamine, mepenzolate, meclizine, methscopolamine, scopolamine, steroids, narcotic pain medications, motion sickness medications, drugs for irritable bowel syndrome, drugs for bladder or urinary problems, tricyclic antidepressants, MAO inhibitors and other medications for psychiatric disorders. Diarrhea medications and antacids can make Cogentin less effective if taken within two hours of your dose. Do not suddenly stop taking Cogentin, as this could make your symptoms worse.

Glaucoma, cardiovascular conditions and bladder and prostate problems may be worsened by Cogentin. Make sure your doctor is aware if you have or have had any of the following conditions or diseases: kidney or liver disease; hyperthyroidism; blood pressure conditions; bowel obstruction; stomach and intestinal disorders; breathing problemsm, including asthma; seizures; mental disorders; or myasthenia gravis or other muscle and nerve conditions. You may find that you become dizzy if you sit up or stand too quickly, and also be aware that Cogentin reduces your body's ability to cool itself, making you more susceptible to heat stroke. Alcohol increases the severity of this and other side effects, such as drowsiness, and should be avoided.

Serious side effects of Cogentin require medical attention and include severe constipation, hallucination and Alzheimer's-like symptoms. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, older people and parents of children who are prescribed the drug, should talk to their doctor about what special concerns apply to them.

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