Benztropine is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat parkinsonism and other movement disorders. Benztropine may be prescribed off-label to treat certain types of excessive sweating including generalized hyperhidrosis and cranio-facial hyperhidrosis in people who have not found relief from other treatments. Benztropine may be used on an as-needed basis to temporarily stop sweating during special events.
Benztropine is an anticholinergic. Benztropine is believed to work by blocking chemical messengers that trigger the sweat glands to produce sweat.
How do I take it?
Take Benztropine as prescribed by your doctor.
Benztropine comes in tablet form.
FDA-approved labels for Benztropine lists common side effects including headaches, dry mouth, flushing, drowsiness, dizziness, insomnia, confusion, vision changes, nausea, vomiting, and constipation.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Benztropine include toxic (substance-induced) psychosis and increased risk for heat prostration (fever and heatstroke).
Recent studies indicate that people 65 or older using anticholinergic drugs long-term may be at increased risk for developing dementia or brain atrophy.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Benztropine mesylate – RxList
Medications – International Hyperhidrosis Society
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