Benzonatatum review

Benzonatatum is a non-narcotic cough suppressant or antitussive used to treat and reduce coughing in various respiratory conditions such as the acute coryza, bronchitis, inflammatory illness of the lung, emphysema and even asthma as well as infections such as the cold, flu, or tuberculosis, and conditions such as emphysema, or bronchitis among others. This medication 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, is recommended to swallow the capsules whole in order to allow slower release of the medication that reduces the compulsion to cough with each breath.

As a non-narcotic, Benzonatatum 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 recommended dosage 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. Always follow your doctor's specific instructions. Do not chew or suck the capsule. This will cause it to disrupt the normal absorption process of the medication. Numbness in the mouth that can result may cause choking or even severe allergic reaction in sensitive patients.

Side effects that are associated with the use of Benzonatatum include stomach upsets such as costiveness, drowsiness and dizziness, headaches, a stuffy nose or a burning sensation in the eyes. Consult your doctor if these conditions persist.

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 Benzonatatum in the mouth and will 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 overdosage of the drug, and cases of deliberate abuse of Benzonatatum have resulted in deaths. In the event of an overdosage or symptoms of an overdosage, 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 Benzonatatum. 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 overdosage cases. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.

Benzonatatum'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.

Benzonatatum has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of benzonatatum

• Molecular formula of benzonatatum 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
Benzonatatum available : 100mg capsules and 200mg capsules

Generic name: Benzonatate

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

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