Generic Name: benzonatate, Oral capsule

Generic Name:

benzonatate, Oral capsule

Tessalon Perles,Zonatuss

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  • Tessalon Perles
  • Zonatuss
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Highlights for benzonatate

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BENZONATATE (ben ZOE na tate) is used to treat cough.
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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benzonatate Side Effects

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Source: Healthline Pharmacist Editorial Team

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):

Minus
Burning feeling in the eyes

This drug can make your eyes more sensitive to light and tears, causing a burning sensation.

Minus
Constipation, upset stomach
Minus
Headache, nasal congestion

SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

Minus
Allergic reactions

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.

Minus
Breathing problems
Minus
Chest pain
Minus
Confusion or hallucinations
Minus
Irregular heart rate
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Numbness of your mouth or throat
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Seizures
  • Sohn, J. W. (2013). Antitussive and mucoactive drugs. Journal of the Korean Medical Association, 56(11), 1025-1030.
 
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
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benzonatate May Interact with Other Medications

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Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use benzonatate

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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.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

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
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

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.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

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.

Where should I keep my medicine?

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.

What does the pill look like?

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How Much Does benzonatate Cost?

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Last Updated: March 18, 2009

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