Benzonatate experience?

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simplytranquil
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Just prescribed benzonatate as an antitussive. Never had success with OTC cough meds, and codeine is typically what my doc provides me. But today I am with the 100mg gel capsules/3x daily. Any experiences with this drug? I understand it a non-narcotic antitussive. What of interactions?

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Drink with PLENTY of water

Drink with PLENTY of water while sitting or standing up.  Do not let the pill dissolve in your mouth; it will constrict your airways.  There's a reason it's in a hard pearl-like enclosure, as the contents can be extremely dangerous if not dissolved in the stomach.  Other than that, they work great, as they partly paralyze the muscles that cause coughing fits.

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Tessalon Perles

I have been prescribed this before. To each their own but I did not think it helped much. Maybe with a minor cough. However I usually go to the doctor when I know I'm really sick and need something that will surely work, not just experiment with. If my doctor mentions tessalon perles i remind her that they don't work very well for me and I'd rather her suggest something different. Like the above post. Drink plenty of water, my throat was very dry.

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thanks, but Ill ride it out

Thanks to a significant shift in the practices of my local clinic, Ive been directed back to Delsym or Robitussin, after trying to reach my GP. Great thing was that after I spent throwing up, with added nausea, from my preexisting condition, a new doc answered for mine, as he is out. Best part about all of this is that Ive made it clear to my doc, at the same clinic, that DPH, and DXM amplify my anxiety. Same with any PE decongestants. Thus, after this BS experience over a week long cough (plus some), and cold for just under a week, while my job requires that I speak, routinely as an educator... Done ranting.

tl;dr benzonanatate IS NONSENSE and a waste of money. Is even a tiny-@!^, negligible amount of codeine such an unreasonable request? Clearly it is. Thanks alot FDA, and lobbyists/copter groups trying to limit narcotic prescribing to curb the "EPIDEMIC". What about H and methamfetamine? Whole states, mine included, are being ravaged. While MDs concern themselves with elitist conclusions from the Northeast of the US. Most of the opiophobic ringleaders are born of that regions 'medicinal tempo'. Bet those cooks are making bank right now. Way to go regulators. Whats the new patriot act going to look like in a few years? Back to "We have an epidemic in this country, that of methamfetamine...that of H...