Generic Name : Benzonatate Pronunciation : ben-ZOE-nah-tate Therapeutic Classification : Expectorant and Cough Products ICD Code : Y55.4
Internaional- Benz Cap. Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is a non-narcotic cough suppressant, prescribed for cough. It works by depressing the "cough center" in the brain. When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
Children over age of 10 and Adults- The usual dose is a 100-milligram perle 3 times per day, as needed. The maximum dose is 600 milligrams, or 6 perles, a day. How it should be taken :
Take this medication by mouth (orally) with or without food. Warnings and Precautions :
* It may cause drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or blurred vision. Do not drive a car or perform other possibly unsafe tasks while taking this medication.
* Avoid chewing this medication, otherwise it will cause numbness of the mouth, severe allergic reactions and choking can occur.
* It should not be used in children younger than 10 years old.
* Consult with your doctor about your pregnancy or planning to become pregnant. Side Effects :
Central Nervous System- Sedation, headache, mental confusion and visual hallucinations.
Skin- Itching and skin eruptions.
Gastrointestinal- Constipation, nausea and gastrointestinal upset.
Hypersensitivity- Hypersensitivity reactions including sudden constriction of the muscles in the walls of the bronchioles, involuntary muscular contraction (spasm) of the laryngeal cords, CV collapse and possibly related to chewing the capsule.
Miscellaneous- Nasal congestion, eye irritation, feeling cold and chest numbness.
* It should be swallowed whole, not chewed. Storage Conditions :
Store at 25°C. Store it in an airtight container and keep away from children.
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