Label: BENZONATATE- benzonatate capsule, liquid filled 

  • Category: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL
  • DEA Schedule: None
  • Marketing Status: Abbreviated New Drug Application

Drug Label Information

Updated 02/13

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  • BOXED WARNING(What is this?)

    BOXED WARNING

    Hypersensitivity

    Severe hypersensitivity reactions (including bronchospasm, laryngospasm and cardiovascular collapse) have been reported which are possibly related to local anesthesia from sucking or chewing the capsule instead of swallowing it. Severe reactions have required intervention with vasopressor agents and supportive measures.

    Psychiatric Effects

    Isolated instances of bizarre behavior, including mental confusion and visual hallucinations, have also been reported in patients taking benzonatate in combination with other prescribed drugs.

    Accidental Ingestion and Death in Children

    Keep benzonatate out of reach of children. Accidental ingestion of benzonatate resulting in death has been reported in children below age 10. Signs and symptoms of overdose have been reported within 15 to 20 minutes and death has been reported within one hour of ingestion. If accidental ingestion occurs, seek medical attention immediately (see OVERDOSAGE).

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  • DESCRIPTION

    Benzonatate, a non-narcotic antitussive agent, is 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26-nonaoxaoctacosan-28-yl p-(butylamino) benzoate; with a molecular weight of 603.7.

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    Benzonatate Capsules, USP contain 100 mg or 200 mg of benzonatate, USP.

    Benzonatate Capsules also contain: D&C Yellow No. 10, gelatin, glycerin, methylparaben sodium and propylparaben sodium.

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  • CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    Benzonatate acts peripherally by anesthetizing the stretch receptors located in the respiratory passages, lungs, and pleura by dampening their activity and thereby reducing the cough reflex at its source. It begins to act within 15 to 20 minutes and its effect lasts for 3 to 8 hours. Benzonatate has no inhibitory effect on the respiratory center in recommended dosage.

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  • INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    Benzonatate is indicated for the symptomatic relief of cough.

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  • CONTRAINDICATIONS

    Hypersensitivity to benzonatate or related compounds.

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  • PRECAUTIONS

    Benzonatate is chemically related to anesthetic agents of the para-amino-benzoic acid class (e.g., procaine; tetracaine) and has been associated with adverse CNS effects possibly related to a prior sensitivity to related agents or interaction with concomitant medication.

    Information for Patients:

    Swallow benzonatate capsules whole. Do not break, chew, dissolve, cut, or crush benzonatate capsules. Release of benzonatate from the capsule in the mouth can produce a temporary local anesthesia of the oral mucosa and choking could occur. If numbness or tingling of the tongue, mouth, throat, or face occurs, refrain from oral ingestion of food or liquids until the numbness has resolved.  If the symptoms worsen or persist, seek medical attention.

    Keep benzonatate out of reach of children.  Accidental ingestion resulting in death has been reported in children. Signs and symptoms of overdose have been reported within 15 to 20 minutes and death has been reported within one hour of ingestion. Signs and symptoms may include restlessness, tremors, convulsions, coma and cardiac arrest. If accidental ingestion occurs, seek medical attention immediately.

    Overdosage resulting in death may occur in adults.

    Do not exceed a single dose of 200 mg and a total daily dose of 600 mg. If you miss a dose of benzonatate, skip that dose and take the next dose at the next scheduled time. Do not take 2 doses of benzonatate at one time.

    Usage in Pregnancy:

    Pregnancy Category C.

    Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with benzonatate. It is also not known whether benzonatate can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Benzonatate should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

    Nursing Mothers:

    It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when benzonatate is administered to a nursing woman.

    Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility:

    Carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, and reproduction studies have not been conducted with benzonatate.

    Pediatric Use:

    Safety and effectiveness in children below the age of 10 has not been established. Accidental ingestion resulting in death has been reported in children below age 10. Keep out of reach of children.

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  • ADVERSE REACTIONS

    Potential Adverse Reactions to benzonatate may include:

    Hypersensitivity reactions including bronchospasm, laryngospasm, cardiovascular collapse possibly related to local anesthesia from chewing or sucking the capsule.

    CNS: sedation; headache; dizziness; mental confusion; visual hallucinations.

    GI: constipation, nausea, GI upset.

    Dermatologic: pruritus; skin eruptions.

    Other: nasal congestion; sensation of burning in the eyes; vague “chilly” sensation; numbness of the chest; hypersensitivity.

    Deliberate or accidental overdose has resulted in death, particularly in children.

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  • OVERDOSAGE

    Intentional and unintentional overdose may result in death, particularly in children.

    The drug is chemically related to tetracaine and other topical anesthetics and shares various aspects of their pharmacology and toxicology. Drugs of this type are generally well absorbed after ingestion.

    Signs and Symptoms:

    The signs and symptoms of overdose of benzonatate have been reported within 15 to 20 minutes. If capsules are chewed or dissolved in the mouth, oropharyngeal anesthesia will develop rapidly, which may cause choking and airway compromise.

    CNS stimulation may cause restlessness and tremors, which may proceed to clonic convulsions followed by profound CNS depression. Convulsions, coma, cerebral edema and cardiac arrest leading to death have been reported within 1 hour of ingestion.

    Treatment:

    In case of overdose, seek medical attention immediately. Evacuate gastric contents and administer copious amounts of activated charcoal slurry. Even in the conscious patient, cough and gag refluxes may be so depressed as to necessitate special attention to protection against aspiration of gastric contents and orally administered materials. Convulsions should be treated with a short-acting barbiturate given intravenously and carefully titrated for the smallest effective dosage. Intensive support of respiration and cardiovascular-renal function is an essential feature of the treatment of severe intoxication from overdosage.

    Do not use CNS stimulants.

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  • DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    Adults and Children over 10 years of age:

    Usual dose is one 100 mg or 200 mg capsule three times a day as needed for cough. If necessary to control cough, up to 600 mg daily in three divided doses may be given. Benzonatate should be swallowed whole. Benzonatate Capsules are not to be broken, chewed, dissolved, cut or crushed.

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  • HOW SUPPLIED

    Benzonatate Capsules, USP are available as:

    200 mg (oblong, yellow) soft gelatin capsules with imprint “A2”.

    Bottles of 100: NDC 0904-6254-60

    Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F); excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Dispense in tight, light-resistant container as defined in the USP.

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  • SPL UNCLASSIFIED SECTION

    Manufactured by:

    Amneal Pharmaceuticals of NY

    Hauppauge, NY 11788

    Distributed by:

    MAJOR PHARMACEUTICALS

    31778 Enterprise Drive

    Livonia, MI  48150

    Rev. 01-2011

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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL BENZONATATE CAPSULES, USP 200MG

     BENZONATATE CAPSULES, USP 200MG

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  • INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
    BENZONATATE 
    benzonatate capsule, liquid filled
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0904-6254(NDC:65162-537)
    Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule     
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    BENZONATATE (BENZONATATE) BENZONATATE 200 mg
    Product Characteristics
    Color YELLOW Score no score
    Shape CAPSULE (Soft Gelatin Capsules) Size 16mm
    Flavor Imprint Code A2
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:0904-6254-60 100 in 1 BOTTLE
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA040682 06/04/2010
    Labeler - Major Pharmaceuticals (191427277)
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