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Old 04-25-2009, 02:45 PM   #1
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Benztropine/Cogentin and Blurry Vision

Hi all,
I do not have Parkinson's Disease, only drug-induced parkinsonism, which seems to be caused by an antipsychotic drug I am on. My doc prescribed Benztropine Mesylate to address the parkinsonism side effect. Anyone out there taking this drug? Within a day of starting the Bentropine, I noticed that my vision had become blurry. I cannot focus or read anything closer than a foot away (sort of like I'm farsighted--though I've always had 20/20 vision). Blurry vision is listed as a possible side effect of the Benztropine. If any of you have had this blurry vision from the Benztropine, how long did it last? Is it just a side effect that will taper off once my body adjusts to the drug? I also still have a fair tremor and am twitchy, but the blurred vision is more concerning to me right now. And can't reach my doc til Monday. Thanks!

 
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:33 PM   #2
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Re: Benztropine/Cogentin and Blurry Vision

Mandy, I am currently experiencing the exact same thing. I felt so much better on the cogentin, but my close-up vision is blurred. How did your situation resolve? Thanks for any input.

 
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:50 PM   #3
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Re: Benztropine/Cogentin and Blurry Vision

Hi Red,
Ugh, sorry to hear you're dealing with that now, too. It's an alarming, miserable, frustrating experience. It was a few months back now that this was going on with me, so some of the specifics are "blurry"--pardon the pun. As I recall, I tried to give the drug at least a week to see if this blurred vision would perhaps go away on its own after taking the new med for a bit. But it got to be so frustrating and debilitating (I couldn't work, and driving became a hazard), I finally told the doc about it and that I wanted off of it. He agreed that the blurry vision was a very valid reason to stop. Since I was put on it to counter the parkinsonism brought on as a side effect of another drug, the doc also eliminated that medication. And POOF! My vision was back to normal in about 2 days.

I don't know what other medication options you may have, but it might be wise to consult with your doctor. Blurry vision is no joke! I have dealt with dozens of side effects through the years as I'm quite prone to experiencing them on any meds, and some I've just learned to live with--the benefit outweighs the annoyance. But partially losing my sight went far beyond my threshold of tolerance. Best of luck to you!! And be safe.

 
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Re: Benztropine/Cogentin and Blurry Vision

Thanks, Mandy! I'm very glad you replied. Our stories sound very similar, except I've only been at this about 9 months, instead of years. I'm hoping and praying we can find something that works for me soon; it already feels like forever. It's kind of scary what these meds can do to your. I hope everything is going well for you. thanks again, Jenn, aka redberyl

 
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