Generic Name : BENZONATATE ABSTRACT – Benzonatate belongs to antitussives class of drugs used in treating cough. Also used...
Benzonatate belongs to antitussives class of drugs used in treating cough. Also used as an oropharyngeal anesthetic for awake intubation. It acts on stretch receptors of the lungs. It is not administered to children below the age of 10. The drug acts fast in around 20 minutes and the effect remains upto 8 hours approximately. Para-amino benzoic acid (PABA) is the metabolite which causes allergic reactions in several patients.
- Benzonatate has to be taken as directed by the doctors.
- Prescribed dosage:
Capsule: 100 mg, 200 mg (Capsules are generally chewable and liquid filled).
SIDE EFFECTS –
- Itchy rashes
- Stuffed nose
RARE SIDE EFFECTS:
- Seizures only seen with heavy doses
- Irregular heartbeat
- Choking feel in the throat
- Numbness and pain in the chest
- The patient may often suffer from regular tremors and shaking.
- The occurrence of prolonged rashes.
- Treatment for long term might lead to cardiac arrhythmias.
- The patient may also suffer from regular seizures.
DRUG INTERACTIONS –
MILD INTERACTIONS OF BENZONATATE ARE:
- Take an allergy test, if allergic to PABA go for the substitutes.
- Before going for any kind of surgery, inform the doctor about the administration of the drug.
- Check the progress regularly.
- Administer the dose in kids carefully as an overdose may result in severe complexities.