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Benzonatate oral capsule interactions: A detailed guide

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Benzonatate oral capsule is prescribed to relieve cough. This drug isn’t known to interact with alcohol, other medications, or supplements.
Medically reviewed by Dena Westphalen, PharmD
Updated on August 10, 2023

This article describes possible interactions with benzonatate oral capsule. Interactions can cause a drug to have a different effect on the body than expected. Interactions can occur due to medications, alcohol, or certain health conditions.

To find coupon options for benzonatate and to learn more about the drug, including its uses, see this article.

Other drugs and benzonatate

Benzonatate oral capsule isn’t known to interact with any other drugs. But this doesn’t mean interactions with drugs can’t happen or won’t be identified later.

Before taking benzonatate oral capsule, tell your doctor and pharmacist about any prescription, over-the-counter, or other drugs you take. Doing so may help prevent possible interactions. If you’re concerned about possible interactions, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Questions about benzonatate and interactions

Here you’ll find answers to some common questions about benzonatate and possible interactions.

Is it safe to take benzonatate with a steroid?

Yes, if your doctor recommends it. There isn’t a known interaction between benzonatate and corticosteroids (sometimes described as “steroids”).

Benzonatate oral capsule is prescribed to relieve cough, which may be related to another condition. Depending on the cause of your cough, your doctor may prescribe benzonatate with other medications. These could include a corticosteroid to ease swelling.

To learn more about taking benzonatate with a corticosteroid or antibiotic, talk with your doctor.

Could I take benzonatate with an antibiotic?

Yes, if your doctor recommends it. There isn’t a known interaction between benzonatate and antibiotics.

Your doctor may prescribe benzonatate oral capsule to ease cough, which may be due to another condition. Your doctor may prescribe benzonatate with other medications such as antibiotics, depending on the cause of your cough. For example, if you have a bacterial infection, they may prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection.

To learn more about taking benzonatate with antibiotics, talk with your doctor.

Health factors and benzonatate

Certain medical conditions or other health factors may increase the risk of interactions with benzonatate oral capsule. Before taking benzonatate, tell your doctor about your health history. They’ll talk with you about benzonatate warnings and determine whether the drug is right for you.

Here’s a list of health conditions or other factors that might interact with benzonatate oral capsule:

When to avoid benzonatate

Certain health conditions or other factors could increase some risks with benzonatate oral capsule. Because of this, doctors may not prescribe benzonatate in these cases. These health conditions or other factors are called contraindications.

Here’s a contraindication for benzonatate oral capsule:

  • Past allergic reaction to benzonatate. If you’ve had an allergic reaction to benzonatate oral capsule in the past, taking benzonatate oral capsule may cause another allergic reaction.

Before starting treatment with benzonatate, tell your doctor if the above relates to you. They can recommend who should not take benzonatate.

Alcohol and benzonatate

Benzonatate oral capsule is not known to interact with alcohol.

However, taking benzonatate oral capsule and drinking alcohol may worsen certain side effects of benzonatate. Examples include drowsiness and nausea. To learn about benzonatate’s side effects, see this article.

If you drink alcohol, talk with your doctor about whether it’s safe to consume it during your treatment
with benzonatate oral capsule.

Other interactions and benzonatate

Interactions can occur with supplements, foods, vaccines, and some lab tests. Below you can learn whether benzonatate oral capsule has these interactions.

The information below doesn’t include all other possible interactions with benzonatate.

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Benzonatate and supplements

Before taking benzonatate oral capsule, tell your doctor and pharmacist about any supplements, herbs, and vitamins you take. Doing so may help you avoid possible interactions.

If you have questions about interactions that may affect you, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Benzonatate interactions with herbs

Benzonatate oral capsule isn’t known to interact with any herbs. But this doesn’t mean interactions with herbs can’t happen or won’t be identified later.

Because of this, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking any herbs during treatment with benzonatate oral capsule.

Benzonatate interactions with vitamins

Benzonatate oral capsule isn’t known to interact with any vitamins. But this doesn’t mean interactions with vitamins can’t happen or won’t be identified later.

Because of this, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking any vitamins during treatment with benzonatate oral capsule.

Benzonatate and food

Benzonatate oral capsule isn’t known to interact with foods. But this doesn’t mean interactions with foods can’t happen or won’t be identified later.

Because of this, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about what foods you should avoid during treatment with benzonatate oral capsule.

Benzonatate and vaccines

Benzonatate oral capsule isn’t known to interact with any vaccines. But this doesn’t mean interactions with vaccines can’t happen or won’t be identified later.

Because of this, you should talk with your doctor or pharmacist before receiving any vaccines during treatment with benzonatate oral capsule.

Benzonatate and lab tests

Benzonatate oral capsule isn’t known to interact with lab tests. But this doesn’t mean interactions with lab tests can’t happen or won’t be identified later.

Because of this, you should talk with your doctor or pharmacist before having any tests during treatment with benzonatate oral capsule.

Benzonatate and cannabis or CBD

Benzonatate oral capsule isn’t known to interact with cannabis (commonly called marijuana) or cannabis products such as cannabidiol (CBD). But this doesn’t mean interactions can’t happen or won’t be identified later.

As with any drug or supplement, tell your doctor before taking cannabis with benzonatate.

Note: Cannabis is illegal at a federal level but is legal in many states to varying degrees.

Preventing benzonatate interactions

You may be able to help avoid certain interactions with benzonatate oral capsule. Before taking this drug, you may want to discuss possible interactions with your doctor and pharmacist.

Things to consider include:

  • Whether you drink alcohol.
  • Other medications you take, as well as any vitamins, supplements, and herbs. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you fill out a medication list.
  • What to do if you’re prescribed a new drug during your benzonatate oral capsule treatment.

Taking benzonatate exactly as prescribed can also help prevent interactions.

What to ask your doctor

If you have questions about benzonatate and possible interactions, talk with your doctor.

Questions you may want to ask your doctor include:

  • Should I tell you if I start taking another medication or supplement with benzonatate?
  • What should I do if I think I’m having a drug interaction with benzonatate?
  • Does benzonatate interact with any other cough or cold products?

Disclaimer: Optum Perks has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up to date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or another healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.

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