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The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) can make it difficult for you to carry out your daily activities because of the shaking and tremors. Cogentin or generic Benztropine may be prescribed to take along with your PD meds to help reduce the symptoms and make it possible for you to dress yourself, cook meals, read the newspaper, and eat or drink without spilling. Your doctor may also prescribe Cogentin if you are experiencing movement side effects as a result of taking antipsychotic medications. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
In order to reduce tremors, jerky or slow movements, and impaired balance due to Parkinson’s disease or certain meds you take, you require something that will work to balance two of the chemicals in your brain that control the central nervous system; namely acetylcholine and dopamine. Muscle control can be improved with taking Cogentin as directed by adjusting the balance of these neurotransmitters and causing a decrease in your symptoms. Cogentin is not a cure for Parkinson’s disease, but it can allow you to function better so you can enjoy family time, social gatherings, work, and play.
The cause of Parkinson’s disease is still a mystery despite intensive studies on the subject. This is a chronic and progressive disorder that involves the breakdown and death of vital nerve cells in your brain that causes a decrease or change in the chemicals in your brain that are in charge of movement and coordination. Your motor skills worsen with the passage of time and decline of dopamine that’s available.
For those with uncontrolled movements due to taking certain antipsychotic medications, a trade-off may be necessary in order to help you feel better mentally. Cogentin has been shown to prevent or decrease some of the side effects of taking antipsychotics, namely the tremors, muscle rigidity or spasms, and restlessness.
Ask your doctor about the safety of taking Cogentin if you are pregnant, if you become pregnant during treatment, or while you are breast feeding. Discuss your medical history with your doctor and provide a list of any OTC and Rx drugs you are taking, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements to be certain these won’t interfere with taking Cogentin.
It may take a day or so before you notice any changes in your symptoms, so be patient. Do not change your dosage or stop taking Cogentin unless told to do so by your doctor or you could risk withdrawal effects, including nausea, headache, and a change in your sleep pattern. Until you know how your body will react to taking Cogentin, you should avoid any activities that may be unsafe if you are not in control of your body. You should store all medications out of children’s reach and never share with anyone else.