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Before starting treatment with Cogentin, warnings and precautions for the medication should be discussed with your healthcare provider. For example, make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have certain health conditions, such as glaucoma, difficulty passing urine, or a rapid heart rate (Cogentin can make these conditions worse). Cogentin warnings and precautions also apply to people who have certain allergies and to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Cogentin: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Cogentin® (benztropine mesylate) if you have:
- Difficulty passing urine
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH)
- Tardive dyskinesia (a specific type of extrapyramidal symptoms due to antipsychotic medications)
- An alcohol problem
- A rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- A job that requires you to do manual labor in the heat
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.