Tessalon

Generic Name: Benzonatate

  • What is Tessalon?

    Tessalon is used for treating a cough. It works by reducing the reflex in the lungs that causes the urge to cough.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Tessalon?

    Tessalon should be swallowed whole, not chewed, sucked, or dissolved in your mouth. Doing these may cause a severe allergic reaction characterized by heart and circulatory problems or difficulty breathing and speaking. Additionally, you may experience temporary anesthesia in your mouth, which can lead to choking.

    Rare cases of bizarre behavior, including mental confusion and hallucinations, have been reported in some patients taking Tessalon when in combination with other drugs.

  • Who should not take Tessalon?

    Do not take Tessalon if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to the drug or similar drugs (such as local anesthetics).

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Tessalon?

    Mention all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tessalon. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have ever had an allergic reaction to other anesthetic agents such as benzocaine or lidocaine.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children >10 years: The usual dose is 100 milligrams (mg) or 200 mg three times per day, as needed. The maximum dose is 600 mg a day.

  • How should I take Tessalon?

    Tessalon perles (soft capsule form) should be swallowed whole. If chewed, they can produce a temporary numbness of the mouth and throat that may cause choking or a severe allergic reaction. Chewed tablets may cause also a severe allergic reaction characterized by heart and circulatory problems or difficulty breathing and speaking.

  • What should I avoid while taking Tessalon?

    Do not suck or chew the capsules.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Tessalon?

    If Tessalon is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Tessalon with other medications.

  • What are the possible side effects of Tessalon?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, burning sensation in the eyes, confusion, constipation, dizziness, extreme calm (sedation), feeling cold, headache, itching, nausea, numbness in the chest, skin eruptions, stuffy nose, upset stomach, visual hallucinations

  • Can I receive Tessalon if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Tessalon during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Tessalon?

    Take the forgotten dose of Tessalon as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for you next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Tessalon?

    Store at room temperature.

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