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A brand of benzonatate?
Tessalon
Therapeutic classification of benzonatate?
allergy
cold
cough remedies
antitussives (local
anesthetic)
Indications of benzonatate?
Relief of nonproductive cough due to minor throat or bronchial irritation from?
inhaled irritants or colds
MOA of benzonatate?
Anesthetizes cough or stretch receptors in _____ nerve afferent fibers found in (3)?
vagal

lungs
pleura
respiratory passages

may also decrease transmission of the cough reflex centrally
Therapeutic effects for benzonatate?
are a decrease in cough
PO onset of benzonatate is?
15-20 minutes
Assess frequency and nature of?
cough
lung sounds
amount and type of sputum
produced
Unless contraindicated, maintain fluid intake of how much?
1500 to 2000 ml to decrease viscosity of bronchial secretions
Instruct patient to take exactly as directed. If a dose is missed, take as soon as possible unless almost time for next dose...
no double dosing...don't chew capsules
To cough effectively, have patient?
sit upright and take several deep breaths before attempting to cough
Advise patient to minimize cough by avoiding irritants, such as? (3)
cigarette smoke
fumes
dust
What else might decrease frequency of dry, irritating cough?
air humidification
frequent sips of water
sugarless hard candy
Caution patient to avoid taking ______ or other CNS depressants concurrently with this medication.
alcohol
May cause dizziness or drowsiness...don't
drive until alertness determined
Advise patient that any cough lasting more than ___ _____ or accompanied by fever, chest pain, persistent headache, or skin rash warrants medical attention
1 week
Advise patient to notifiy hcp if symptoms of overdose occur...symptoms are?
seizures
restlessness
trembling
Effectiveness of therapy can be demonstrated by?
decrease in frequency and
intensity of cough
without eliminating
patient's cough reflex