Is Benzonatate compatible with breastfeeding? Do we have alternatives for Benzonatate?


May 1, 2016 (High Risk)

Non-narcotic cough suppressant which is similar to Tetracaine.

At latest update no published data on excretion into breast milk were found.

A product without well known pharmacokinetics that has caused serious poisoning in children and adults after oral ingestion.


Very Low Risk

Compatible. Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Low Risk

Moderately safe. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

High Risk

Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use a safer alternative. Read the Comment.

Very High Risk

Not recommended. Cessation of breastfeeding or alternative.


  • Benzononantin


  • بنزوناتات (Arabic)
  • Бензонатат (Cyrillic)
  • 苯佐那酯 (Chinese)
  • ベンゾナテート (Japanese)
  • C13H18NO2(OCH2CH2)8OCH3 (Molecular formula)


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