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 1  Restless Leg Syndrome Worsened depression and anxiety, terribly blurry vision, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, foggy brain, difficulty forming sentences and thinking of words, fatigue, hopeless, listless, worried. I only took it for 2 nights and woke up and suddenly had blurry vision. Reading glasses helped, but will this ever get back to normal? 36 hour half-life. 10 1/2 days for it to be out of my system?!?!?! F 40 2 days
1-2 mg 1X D
 4  Akathisia Memory loss Works great for akathisia M 36 100 days
1mg 1X D
 1  Pacing Muscle stiffness Loss of memory Very bad sleep paralysis Confusion Vomiting Sense of reality impacted for less than a day Irritability Depression Unable to speak Restlessness while sleeping Horrible side effects. Wouldn't recommend to my worst enemy. While you're going through withdrawal/side effects, you can't even describe how you're feeling because you don't have any sense. You can't even talk properly. That's what I went through. F 18 1 days
1 mg 2X D
 1  Side effects of Geodon This drug was a complete nightmare I experienced inability to speak, psychotic delusions, extreme paralysis and walking causing me to collapse. I couldnít remember anything and loss any sense of reality. I was terrified that the side effects were going to be permanent. Luckily I was only on the drug for a week. I will never go on this drug again and I warn anyone that itís very important to review side effects with a psychiatrist. This drug can cause muscle stiffness and can cause serious falling. F 54 0 days
 1  Muscle stiffness Made my joints crack and hurt. Was suppose to treat muscle stiffness/weak walking caused by abilify. Took it for 1 day and Iíve had enough. F 21 1 days
 2  Akathisia I take Seroquel 100mg as a sleep aid. It works really well in low doses with few side effects but as you go up with dosage on antipsychotic, bad things can happen....but Cogentin was pretty nasty all way around...First of all, it didn't really help...I got almost no sleep last night because I was so restless...I will list the really crappy side effects below drowsiness, difficulty urinating, EXTREME dry mouth and its a thirst I couldn't quench, feeling quite foggy and just dragged out along with difficulty/slow speaking. However, I know that Cogentin is a first line treatment to the EPS side effects caused by I'm sure it works for many people but I personally had a bad reaction M 28
4mg 1X D
 1  Cervical Dystonia 5 mg. - This worsened Cervical Dystonia. It could be due to the antihistamine (diphenhydramine) in it. I'm not sure. It also caused tiredness, insomnia, acid reflux, blurry vision, headache, indigestion and loss of appetite. I also had a slightly bad taste in my mouth. [Note: I was still on Clonazepam at the time]. I tried it three times. This did not help out the Cervical Dystonia at all, but actually worsened it. This could be due to the antihistamine in it. I have noticed that certain antihistamines worsen Cervical Dystonia. M 51 3 days
.5 MG 1X D
 2  side effects risperdal and geodon Constipation, acne Don't think it worked with geodon. Not sure if was effective with risperdal M 25 4 months
1X D
 3  Involuntary movements from haldol Just pure sleepiness, and slowness! I am taking it for about 1-2 weeks because the ER doctor gave me an injection (via "rear" muscle , OUCH!) on 02/18, for a HEADACHE! That was an anti psychotic, very high in potency tranquilizer. Not for me, and I was left sleeping for two days and having RLS, and my tongue was tightening up.. I was also repetitively saying "something is wrong" like a broken record. I now have to take Cogentin to eliminate these uncontrollable movement, after only one does of Haldol. So far, day two (too soon to give more info) It did it's job, but I still feel slightly restless. Not everyone reacts to the same meds the same way.. but for me, it calmed me down and made me feel REALLY relaxed. F 14 days
1mg 1X D
 1  tardive dyskinesia Poor memory, extreme dry mouth and swollen glands. M 58 2 weeks
2 mg 1X D
 1  side effects of risperdol horrible, couldn't think, couldn't move, release me from delusions that mental health professionals were intelligent creatures. I was wrong-the devil advocates they are. Psychotic psychiatrists at Benedictine Psych in Kingston,NY said I suffered from delusions, rage, explosions. I agreed so I could get out of the hospital & to take defense. These nut doctors are horrible. /what are they talking about?Some crazy alcoholic claiming to be my father said I must leave my wonderful career and work in a dusty, dirty factory as a favor. said I was delusional about crimes against me. Horrible drug-how is a pill suppose to change the past reality. Make the psychiatrists eat this for breakfast. Thanks for a lost life. My apologies to all for ever manufacturing these poisons. Poison, Poison and more Poison. Is this a real psych drug???? F 58 5 years
1mg 2X D
 1  Akathisia Extreme dry mouth to the point I could barely swallow and felt like I was choking! Could barely think or form a sentence.HORRIBLE..made my agoraphobia come back! F 1 days
 2  side effects Lost my eyesight for seeing near. I've discontinued taking it and I still can't read my mail or a book. I even got reading glasses and they help some, but it's still blurry. Also, dry mouth. Great for solving my akathisa due to another med. But the side effects are a deal breaker. They're awful. That said, I'm sensitive; if a med has side effects I'm sure to get them. So other people might not even get these side effects. M 38 2 weeks
1X D
 4  akathisia from Latuda Dry mouth! Like someone else said, it makes it hard to eat. I have to take a sip of water with every bite in order to swallow. Also, ringing in my ears now and then. This is a TERRIFIC med to treat Akathisia. I was having night time restlessness from taking Latuda, to the point that I couldn't stay asleep and wanted to crawl out of my skin. I'm trying to decide if the dry mouth is a fair trade off for sleep. It's really unpleasant. F 38 13 days
2X D
 4  For side effects of Abilify Very dry mouth, so much that it affects my speech and ability to eat. Some dizziness and constipation I would recommend this drug for help with the terrible side effects of Abilify. No more muscle cramps or restlessness. I was able to sit through an entire movie. F 52 14 days
10 mg 1X D
 5  Akathesia from antipsychotics Dry mouth This was a miracle drug. My akathesia was so intense but it just melted away 100 percent when I took this drug. I only quit it when I quit the antipsychotics. I would sometimes get dry eyes or itchy skin from it but that's about it...I didn't notice the constipation like others are saying. F 21 6 months
2 mg 2X D
 1  tics trembling hands, off-balance, memory loss, difficulty with speech I took this med for the tics that I have. The side-effects are horrible, especially the speech problem. I'm afraid to go out of the house, because I honestly can't talk to anyone and make any sense at all. Just trying to form a sentence is very hard and people know that something isn't just right. Embarrassing!! F 41
7.5 1X D
 4  Akathisia Dry mouth, Could not swallow food. Cogentin helped with akathisia associated with an antipsychotic drug, but the side effects are horrible. I would recommend this medication to anyone cause the side effect akathisia is to me is terrible. F 20 2 weeks
 2  akathisia from abilify 30mg overall heavy feeling, still had muscle twitches and cramps. In combination with my abilify it was making me much more anxious, restless, and just made me feel like I wanted to jump out of my skin. depression worsened Works on some but didn't on me. Stopped taking it today and feel better this evening already. M 24 2 weeks
 3  side effects from invega constipation, dry mouth, blurred vision solved side effect from invega but created many more side effects, constipation, dry mouth, and blurred vision. M 10 days

COGENTIN  (BENZTROPINE MESYLATE):  Benztropine is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease or involuntary movements due to the side effects of certain psychiatric drugs (antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine/haloperidol). Benztropine belongs to a class of medication called anticholinergics that work by blocking a certain natural substance (acetylcholine). This helps decrease muscle stiffness, sweating, and the production of saliva, and helps improve walking ability in people with Parkinson's disease. Anticholinergics can stop severe muscle spasms of the back, neck, and eyes that are sometimes caused by psychiatric drugs. It can also decrease other side effects such as muscle stiffness/rigidity (extrapyramidal signs-EPS). It is not helpful in treating movement problems caused by tardive dyskinesia and may worsen them. Benztropine should not be used in children younger than 3 years.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)