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Benzonatate Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 30, 2022.

Benzonatate is also known as: Tessalon, Tessalon Perles, Zonatuss

Benzonatate Pregnancy Warnings

Animal studies have not been conducted. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

US FDA pregnancy category C: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

This drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

US FDA pregnancy category: C

See references

Benzonatate Breastfeeding Warnings

Caution is recommended.

Excreted into human milk: Unknown
Excreted into animal milk: Data not available

Comments: The effects in the nursing infant are unknown.

See references

References for pregnancy information

  1. "Product Information. Tessalon (benzonatate)." Forest Pharmaceuticals (2001):

References for breastfeeding information

  1. "Product Information. Tessalon (benzonatate)." Forest Pharmaceuticals (2001):

Further information

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