Benzonatate (Tessalon)

10 Tablets, 20 mg

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A cough suppressant used to treat your dry hacking cough
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Benzonatate FAQ's

IMPORTANT: The FAQ answers below do NOT contain all the information about this particular drug. These answers are not substitutes for a medication guide, pharmacist consultation or the advice of your health care professional. For the official medication guide or further questions please call our pharmacists at 1-833-466-3979.

What are the most common side effects of taking Benzonatate?

  • Side effects are generally mild when taking Benzonatate. Common side effects include nausea, headache, and flushing.

How long does it take for Benzonatate to take effect?

  • Benzonatate suppresses your cough by numbing the cough reflex center located in the lungs and immediate areas around it. Benzonatate can take effect within about an hour of taking it.

Can I drink alcohol with Benzonatate?

  • There is no significant drug-drug interaction documented when Alcohol and Tessalon Perles are mixed. However, Benzonatate has a mild sedative effect and therefore alcohol should be used with caution.

Is there a narcotic in Tessalon Perles?

  • No, there is no narcotic in Tessalon Perles.

Is Tessalon Perles over the counter?

  • Tessalon Perles is a prescription only medication and not available over the counter.

Can I chew a Tessalon Perle?

  • No. A Tessalon Perle should be swallowed whole and not chewed, broken, dissolved, or crushed in order to prevent numbing of the mouth and choking.

Where can I find more information about Tessalon

  • For a full medication guide go here

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