Benzonatate is a non-narcotic antitussive (lat. 'against coughing') prescription medication. As the name suggests, it decreases the cough reflex. Since it is not a narcotic, such as codeine, it causes little sedation, allowing the patient to function normally.

Pharmacologic class

Antitussive (cough/cold medication)
Brand Names
Tessalon
Indications
cough
Pharmacology
unknown
Contraindications
allergy
Precautions
Pregnancy Category C, breastfeeding
Interactions
none known
Adverse Reactions
Sedation, headache, dizziness, nausea, itching, rash, nasal congestion
Additional Information
Drink plenty of water while taking this medication
Date of most recent Update
Febuary 8, 2003
Further information is available in the writeup for the brand name(s) of this medication

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