Benzonatate

Description

Benzonatate is a non-narcotic medicine used to relieve a cough caused by the common cold or other breathing problems. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients aged below 10 years.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Benzonatate

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Tightness in chest
  • Difficulty in speaking (dysphonia)
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Headache
  • Itching
  • Skin Rash
  • Dizziness and Drowsiness
  • Constipation

Uses of Benzonatate

What is it prescribed for?

  • Cough
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 15-20 minutes of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 3 to 8 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to benzonatate or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for use in children less than 10 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Driving or Operating machinery

This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Tizanidine

Disease interactions

Psychiatric Conditions

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with psychiatric conditions due to an increased risk of confusion and hallucinations. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine exactly as advised by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable effects. Do not stop taking the medicine before completion of the course/without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by decreasing the cough reflex in the lungs and air passages and thus it helps in suppressing the cough.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Antitussives

Schedule

Schedule H

Benzonatate - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 19 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00868

Benzonatate: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 19 December 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682640.html

[Internet]. Accessdata.fda.gov. 2018 [cited 19 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/011210s053lbl.pdf

Benzonatate [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 19 December 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Benzonatate

[Internet]. Pfizer.com. 2018 [cited 19 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.pfizer.com/files/products/uspi_tessalon.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 23 Jan 2019

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