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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.

Uses:

To relieve or suppress nonproductive cough (no mucus production) or cough due to colds or allergy.

Precautions:

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.

Drug Interactions:

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:

Side Effects:

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.

Guidelines for Use:

  • Take only as directed. Do not exceed recommended dose.

  • See individual package instructions for dosing information.

  • Pertussin CS, Pertussin OM, and Delsym- Shake well before use.

  • Do not take for persistent or chronic cough, such as Occurs with smoking, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or where cough is accompanied by excessive phelgm, except under supervision of your doctor.

  • Do not use Spec- T lozenges for more than 2 days unless directed by your doctor.

  • Some products may cause drowsiness, whether they contain alcohol or not. Alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase the drowsiness effect. Avoid alcoholic beverages while taking this product and do not take sedatives or tranquilizers without consulting your doctor.

  • May cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. Use caution while driving or performing other tasks requiring mental alertness, coordination, or physical dexterity.

  • A persistent cough may be a sign of a serious condition. If cough persists for more than 1 week, tends to recur, or is accompanied by fever, rash, or persistent headache, notify your doctor.

  • Do not use dextromethorphan or diphenhydramine if you are taking an MAO inhibitor or for 2 weeks after stopping MAO inhibitor therapy.

  • Benzonatate - Do not chew or suck Tessalon Perles. Severe hypersensitivity reactions (eg, bronchospasm, laryngospasm, and cardiovascu collapse) have occurred.

  • tore at room temperature (59 to 86 F).

 

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