Chemical Name: BENZONATATE (ben-ZOE-na-tate)
Benzonatate is a non-narcotic cough suppressant used to relieve cough.
INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Follow the directions for using Benzonatate provided by your doctor. SWALLOW WHOLE. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing. STORE Benzonatate at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Benzonatate and you are using it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, check with your doctor. Benzonatate MAY CAUSE drowsiness or dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Benzonatate during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF Benzonatate IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using Benzonatate , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include drowsiness, mild dizziness, nasal congestion, constipation, headache, feeling of burning in eyes, a chilly feeling, or nausea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience a skin rash or itching. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include restlessness, tremors, and seizures.
DO NOT SHARE Benzonatate with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Benzonatate for other health conditions. KEEP Benzonatate out of the reach of children.