benzonatate, Tessalon Perles; Zonatuss (cont.)

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PREGNANCY: There is very little information about the effects on the fetus of benzonatate. Physicians may use it during pregnancy if its benefits are deemed to outweigh its potential but unknown risks.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether benzonatate is secreted into breast milk.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most frequent adverse reactions of benzonatate include sedation, headache, mild dizziness, constipation, nausea, and vomiting. Nasal congestion, hallucinations, itching skin, and numbness in the chest have also been reported. It should not be used in children who are less than 10 years of age because unintentional overdose and death have been reported in this age group.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/31/2014

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