A patient is prescribed benztropine for Parkinson's disease. The nurse should closely monitor which of the following to assess for a common side effect associated with benztropine?

Intake and output

Explanation

•Benztropine (Cogentin) is an anticholinergic medication and has typical anticholinergic side effects such as urinary retention, tachycardia, dry mouth, dry eyes, constipation, and blurred vision.

•The nurse should monitor the patient's intake and output to assess for urinary retention while taking benztropine.

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