Guidelines for Using Nonnarcotic - Uses and Benefits
The of Drug
Cough medicine, cough suppressant.
How the Drug Works:
Nonnarcotic antitussives deperss the cough center in the
Benzonatate: Reduces the cough the reflex by anesthetizing the never receptors in the breathing passages and lungs.
To relieve or suppress nonproductive cough (no mucus production) or cough due to colds or allergy.
Pregnancy: Adequate studies have not been done in pregnant women. Use only if clearly needed and potential benefits outweigh the possible hazards to the fetus.
Breastfeeding: It is not known if non narcotic antitussives appear in breast milk. Consult your doctor before you begin breastfeeding. Nursing women should not use Tusstat syrup.
Children: Use only as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. Most of these products are not recommended for children under 2 to 12 years of age. Consult individual product information for pediatric dosing.
Elderly: Products containing an antihistamine are more likely to cause dizziness, sedation, and hypotension in the elderly.
Tartrazine: Some of these products may contain the dye tartrazine (FD&C Yellow No.5) which can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals. Check package label when available or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or planning to take any overthe-counter or prescription medications or dietary supplements with nonnarcotic antitussives. Doses of one or both drugs may need to be modified or a different drug may need to be prescribed. The following drugs and drug classes may interact with nonnarcotic antitussives:
Every drug is capable of producing side effects. Many nonnarcotic antitussive users experience no, or minor, side effects. The frequency and severity of side effects depend on many factors including dose, duration of therapy, and individual susceptibility. possible side effects include:
Circulatory System: pounding in chest; rapid heartbeat; low blood pressure; extrasystoles.
Digestive Tract: Constipation; nausea; stomach upset; loss of appetite; vomiting.
Eyes or Ocular: Burning sensation in eyes; blurred vision; vision problems.
Nervous System: Headache; mental confusion; visual hallucinations; sedation; dizziness; excitability in children; neuritis.
Respiratory System: Tightness in chest; wheezing; chest numbness; nasal congestion; thick bronchial secretions.
Skin: Itching; skin eruptions; abnormal skin sensations.
Urinary and Reproductive Tract: Urinary frequency; difficult urination; urinary retention; early menstruation.
Other: A vague "chilly" sensation; allergy; shock; sensitivity to light; excessive perspiration; dryness of mouth, nose, and throat; decreased blood platelets; agranulocytosis; incoordination; feeling of whirling motion; ringing in ears; acute labyrinthritis; hysteria; convulsions.
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