Benzonatato review

Benzonatato is a non-narcotic cough suppressant or antitussive often used to treat and reduce coughing in various respiratory conditions such as the acute viral rhinopharyngitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema and even asthma as well as infections such as the cold, flu, or tuberculosis, as well as conditions such as emphysema, or bronchitis among others. It works as an anesthetic and suppresses the action of the coughing symptoms by blocking the action of stretch receptors in the throat. It comes in softgel capsules and due to its relative strength, it is often recommended to swallow the capsules whole in order to allow slower release of the medication that reduces the compulsion to cough with each breath.

Being non-narcotic, Benzonatato is not prone to abuse like some other cough medicaments such as codeine or dextromethorpan. Each softgel capsule is yellow in color and contains 100mg of the active ingredient.

The standard dose for adults and children over 10 years of age is about 100 mg which can be taken 3 times a day, with a maximum of up to 6 times each day. However, always follow doctor's specific instructions. Do not chew or suck the capsule, as it will disrupt the normal absorption process of the medication. The numbness in the mouth the can result may cause choking or even severe allergic reaction in sensitive patients.

Some side effects that are associated with the use of Benzonatato include stomach upsets such as costiveness, somnolence and dizziness, cephalalgias, a stuffy nose or a burning sensation in the eyes. Consult your doctor if these conditions persist.

On the other hand, some side effects can be more serious than others. Immediately contact your doctor if you experience any rash, hives or other allergic reactions, a difficult time breathing or swallowing, mental confusion or hallucination. Some of these side effects may result from absorbing too much Benzonatato in the mouth and require immediate medical attention.

If capsules are chewed or allowed to dissolve in the mouth, numbness of the mouth and throat will develop rapidly. Symptoms of restlessness and tremors may be followed by convulsions. These may lead to an overdose of the drug, and cases of deliberate abuse of Benzonatato have resulted in deaths. In the event of an overdose or symptoms of an overdose, seek immediate medical attention.

Increased sensitivity to anesthetic effects of the para-aminobenzoic acid class such as procaine and tetracaine can also cause adverse effects to the central nervous system when taking Benzonatato. Severe sensitivity to the drug has also caused bronchospasm, laryngospasm and cardiovascular collapse in some cases, which also resulted from sucking on to the capsules or breaking them inside the mouth. A general mental confusion and hallucination have also been observed in overdose cases. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.

Benzonatato's effects on the developing fetus have yet to be determined, and tests on the carcinogenic effects of this drug have not been administered yet. It is also unknown whether this drug can be released in breast milk, so mothers who are breastfeeding want to consult with their doctor before taking this medication. Use for children under 10 years of age has not been extensively studied. Due to this, consult your doctor before giving this medication to a child under the age of 10.

Benzonatato has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of benzonatato

• Molecular formula of benzonatato is C30H53NO11
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-[2-[2-[2-[2-[2-[2-[2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy]ethoxy]ethoxy] ethoxy]ethoxy]ethoxy]ethoxy]ethyl4-butylaminobenzoate
• Molecular weight is 603.742 g/mol
Benzonatato available : 100mg capsules and 200mg capsules

Generic name: Benzonatate

Brand name(s): Benzonatatum, Benzononantin, Benzononatine, Exangit, Tesalon, Tessalin, Tessalon, Ventussin

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