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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000396561.17243.37
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Possible Death from Cough Suppressant

Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, RN

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* Ingestion of even small amounts of the cough suppressant benzonatate (Tessalon) by children under age 10 can result in overdosage.

* Symptoms of an overdose include central nervous system (CNS) stimulation (restlessness, tremors, or seizure), followed by profound CNS depression (coma), as well as hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias, and cardiac arrest.

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