Parenteral Manual

Benztropine mesylate

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Alternate Name(s): 
Anticholinergic- Anti-Parkinson's Agent
Original Date: 
August 2005
Revised Date: 
September 2013
  • Symptomatic relief of drug induced extrapyramidal side effects and acute dystonic reactions
Reconstitution and Stability: 
  • Available as a 1 mg/mL injection
  • Stable at room temperature, protect from light

- Solutions Compatible:  no information

- Additives/Above Cassette Compatible: perphenazine

- Y-site Compatible: fluconazole

- Incompatible: no information


(For approved routes of administration by nursing personnel, refer to Policy for the Administration of Intravenous Medications.)

IV Push

YES, rarely used- onset of effect is similar to IM

IV Intermittent Infusion NO
IV Continuous Infusion NO

(For neonatal dosages, refer to Neonatal IV Drug Manual.)

Drug Induced Extrapyramidal Disorders:

  • Pediatrics(> 3 years): 0.02 - 0.05 mg/kg/dose 1-2 times daily
  • Use in children <3 years should be reserved for life-threatening emergencies
  • Adults: 1-4 mg/dose 1-2 times daily

Acute Dystonic Reactions:

  • Adults:  2 mg IM or IV then 1 - 2 mg BID for 2 - 3 days
Potential hazards of parenteral administration: 
  • Mental confusion, excitement
  • Weakness
  • CNS drowsiness, nervousness
  • Weakness, nausea
  • This medication is highly anticholinergic and when used in combination with major tranquilizers will produce additive anticholinergic effects:
    - dry mouth
    - blurred vision
    - urinary retention                               
    - constipation
  • Rarely produces anticholinergic psychosis

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