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Benztropine

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Updated June 18, 2014

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Definition:
Benztropine is a drug used to treat Parkinson's disease. It may also be prescribed for the treatment of parkinsonian symptoms that can occur as side effects of drugs that may be prescribed to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorders.

Drugs most likely to cause the symptoms of secondary parkinsonism are the typical and atypical antipsychotics.

Benztropine is also sold under the brand name Cogentin. It is classified as an anticholinergic medication.

Pronunciation: Sources do not agree - some say BENZ-troh-peen, others benz-TROH-peen.
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