Generic Name: Benzonatate Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is benzonatate used for?

Benzonatate is commonly used for relieving cough.

How should I take benzonatate?

Use benzonatate as prescribed and directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

Take benzonatate by mouth with or without food.

Swallow benzonatate whole. Do not break, crush, chew, dissolve, or suck on benzonatate before swallowing.

How do I store benzonatate?

Benzonatate is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store benzonatate in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of benzonatate that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush benzonatate down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using benzonatate?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of benzonatate or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have asthma.

Benzonatate may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use benzonatate with caution.

Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.

Do not break, crush, chew, dissolve, or suck on benzonatate before swallowing. Numbness or tingling of the mouth, tongue, throat, or face may occur. Choking and severe allergic reactions (e.g., trouble breathing, shock, loss of consciousness) have also been reported. If numbness or tingling occurs, do not eat or drink until it goes away. If you have a severe allergic reaction or if you have numbness or tingling that persists or gets worse, seek medical attention right away.

Do not take more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.

Benzonatate should not be used in children younger than 10 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.

Accidental ingestion of benzonatate by children younger than 10 years old has resulted in severe and sometimes fatal effects, including seizures, loss of consciousness, and heart attack (cardiac arrest). If a child younger than 10 years old swallows benzonatate, he or she should receive medical attention right away.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this medication during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication. This medication is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from benzonatate?

Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach

Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:

  • Severe allergic reactions: rash, itching or swelling (particularly of the face, tongue or throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing, fainting
  • Bizarre behavior
  • Hallucinations

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with benzonatate?

Benzonatate may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products that may interact with this drug are: tizanidine, zanaflex (tizanidine).

Does food or alcohol interact with benzonatate?

Benzonatate may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with benzonatate?

Benzonatate may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions that may interact with this drug are: psychiatric conditions.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.

What is the dose of benzonatate for an adult?

The recommended dose is 100 mg to 200 mg orally three times a day as needed for cough.

This drug should be swallowed whole.

Do not take more than 200 milligrams at one time.

What is the dose of benzonatate for a child?

Children older than 10 years:

The recommended dose is 100 mg to 200 mg orally three times a day as needed for cough.

This drug should be swallowed whole.

How is benzonatate available?

Benzonatate is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet 100 mg, 200 mg, 150 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of benzonatate, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: July 23, 2017 | Last Modified: July 23, 2017

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