benzonatate, Tessalon Perles; Zonatuss (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Benzonatate is used for relieving cough.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most frequent adverse reactions of benzonatate include:

Other side effects that have been reported include:

Severe hypersensitivity reactions (including airway spasms and cardiovascular collapse) may occur from sucking or chewing the capsule instead of swallowing it.

Benzonatate 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.



PREPARATIONS: Capsules: 100, 150, and 200 mg. Capsules should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).

DOSING: The usual dose of benzonatate is 100 - 200 mg three times daily as needed for cough. A maximum dose of 600mg (3-6 capsules depending on the strength of the capsule) per day is recommended by the manufacturer. Capsules should be swallowed whole and they should not be sucked, broken, or chewed.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: There are no known drug interactions with benzonatate.

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.

Medically reviewed by Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/20/2015

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