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benzonatate Side Effects
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or healthcare professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This drug can make your eyes more sensitive to light and tears, causing a burning sensation.
SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
Benzonatate, like most medications sometimes causes an allergic reaction. Sometimes these reactions can be severe. Symptoms of allergic reactions from drugs can include skin rash, itching or hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your face, lips, or tongue.
- Sohn, J. W. (2013). Antitussive and mucoactive drugs. Journal of the Korean Medical Association, 56(11), 1025-1030.
benzonatate May Interact with Other Medications
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
How to Take benzonatate (Dosage)
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Avoid breaking, chewing, or sucking the capsule, as this can cause serious side effects. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 10 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- kidney or liver disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to benzonatate, anesthetics, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse. If you have a high fever, skin rash, or headache, see your health care professional.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep tightly closed. Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Last Updated: March 18, 2009