What is Benzonatate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Benzonatate is an antitussive (cough suppressant) used to treat cough due to the common cold, bronchitis, pneumonia, or other lung infections.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Cough 26 19
Chronic cough 13 7
Asthma 6 4
Bronchitis 2 0
Productive cough 2 0
Churg-Strauss syndrome 1 0

Show all 9 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 2
None 20

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Benzonatate

Side effect Patients
Constipation 1
Dizziness 1
Drowsiness 1
Lightheadedness 1
Mood elevated or improved 1
Upset stomach 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Benzonatate

Dosage Patients
100mg as needed 5
200 mg three times daily 3
100 mg three times daily 2
200 mg daily 1
100 mg four times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Benzonatate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 10
Did not seem to work 2
Doctor's advice 1
Other 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 17 patients who've stopped taking Benzonatate

Duration

Currently taking Benzonatate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Benzonatate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 5
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 14
Usually 6
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 22
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 13
Not specified 7

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Benzonatate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 2
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 1
Dextromethorphan-guaifenesin (Mucinex DM) 1
Montelukast (Singulair) 1
Sodium Chloride (Hyper-Sal) 1

Patients stopped taking Benzonatate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 1
Dextromethorphan-guaifenesin (Mucinex DM) 1
Hydrocodone-chlorpheniramine (Tussionex Pennkinetic) 1
Mometasone nasal (Nasonex) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Benzonatate

Aug 6, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for hoarseness)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cough)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 14, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hoarseness)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cough)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 19, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hoarseness)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cough)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 12, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hoarseness)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for cough)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 18, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hoarseness)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for cough)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 25, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hoarseness)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for cough)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 24, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hoarseness)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cough)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 29, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hoarseness)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cough)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: I am still talking, so I can continue to work. I still get hoarse, and it's manageable right now.  I still cough at night or when I drink thin liquids. Not all the time, but enough. 
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 24, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hoarseness)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cough)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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