Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Benztropine may impair the mental or physical abilities required to do tasks such as operating machinery or driving a vehicle.
Large doses: In large doses, benztropine may cause weakness and an inability to move certain muscle groups. For example, if the neck has been rigid and suddenly relaxes, it may feel weak, causing some concern. If this happens, report it to your doctor. Mental confusion and excitement may occur with large doses.
Medical conditions: If you have the following medical conditions, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed:
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- heart rhythm problems (such as a racing heart rate)
- high or low blood pressure
- liver or kidney disease
- prostate problems
- stomach or bladder problems
Perspiration: Benztropine may impair some people's ability to sweat, which can lead to dangerous increases in body temperature. People who are most at risk include people who do manual labor or heavy exercise in a hot environment, seniors, and people with alcoholism, certain conditions of the central nervous system, or chronic illnesses. The risk is also higher in hot weather.
Pregnancy: The safe use of this medication by pregnant women has not been established. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if benztropine passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: Benztropine should not be taken by children under 3 years of age. Children over 3 years of age should be monitored by their doctor while taking this medication.
Seniors: Seniors may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication and may need lower doses.