Ventussin review

Ventussin, a non-narcotic cough suppressant or antitussive, is used to treat and reduce coughing in respiratory conditions such as the common cold, bronchitis, pneumonia, 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 is an anesthetic and suppresses the coughing symptoms by blocking the action of stretch receptors in the throat. Available in softgel capsules, it 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.

Ventussin is not prone to abuse like other cough medications such as codeine or dextromethorpan. Each capsule is yellow in color and contains 100mg of the active ingredient.

The typical dose for adults and children over 10 years of age is about 100 mg taken 3 times a day, with a maximum of up to 6 times each day, but you will always follow your medical professional’s specific instructions if they differ. Do not chew or suck the capsule because this will cause it to disrupt the absorption process of the medication. Numbness in the mouth can result and cause choking or even severe allergic reaction in sensitive patients.

Side effects include stomach upsets such as constipation, drowsiness and dizziness, headaches, a stuffy nose or a burning sensation in the eyes. Consult your medical professional if you experience any of these conditions or if they persist.

Some side effects are more serious than others. Immediately contact your medical professional if you experience any rash, hives or other allergic reactions, a difficult time breathing or swallowing, mental confusion or hallucination.

Some side effects may result from absorbing too much Ventussin in the mouth and require immediate medical attention. When 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 and may lead to an overdose of the medication. Some cases of abuse of Ventussin have resulted in death. In the event of an overdose or symptoms of an overdose, seek immediate medical attention.

Increased sensitivity to the effects of the para-aminobenzoic acid class such as procaine and tetracaine can also cause negative effects to the central nervous system when taking Ventussin. Extreme sensitivity to the medication has 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 been observed in overdose cases. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.

Ventussin’s effects on the developing fetus have not been determined, and tests on the carcinogenic effects of this medication have not been administered. It is not known if this medication is released in breast milk or not, therefore mothers who are breastfeeding need to consult their medical professional before taking this medication. Use with children under 10 years of age has not been adequately studied so you will want to consult your medical professional prior to administering this medication to a child under the age of 10.

Ventussin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of ventussin

• Molecular formula of ventussin 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
Ventussin available : 100mg capsules and 200mg capsules

Generic name: Benzonatate

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

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