Benzonatate (Tessalon Perles)
Benzonatate, marketed under the brand name Tessalon, is a nonnarcotic oral antitussive agent that is indicated for the symptomatic relief of cough. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides patients who need Benzonatate prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.
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What is benzonatate used for? Benzonatate (Tessalon) is a medication used in preventing or relieving a cough. Tessalon works to reduce the cough reflex and is thought to do so anesthetizing specific receptors found in the respiratory passages and lungs. Benzonatate is sometimes prescribed along with azithromycin as found in a Z-pak in helping people who are coughing and receiving treatment for a pneumonia or chronic bronchitis. Tessalon has peripheral effects only and is not thought to inhibit the respiratory center itself.
Benzonatate – Side Effects
Tessalon Perles and Tessalon capsules (benzonatate) can have side effects when used. Side effects to benzonatate include, but are not limited to, confusion, bronchospasm, nausea, constipation, and a rash. Anyone with a hypersensitivity or allergy to benzonatate or related compounds should avoid using the medication. Tessalon (benzonatate) and alcohol should not be used together. Questions regarding the side effects of benzonatate or Tessalon Perles should be directed to one’s medical provider and pharmacist.
The cost of benzonatate is a relatively affordable medication at roughly forty cents per pill at many pharmacies. Some insurance plans may also cover the cost of benzonatate 100 mg capsules and benzonatate 200 mg capsules. Benzonatate coupons may also be available online or through the manufacturer. At this time, benzonatate requires a prescription from a medical provider and is not available over-the-counter (OTC). Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.
Benzonatate is often prescribed in the branded from, Tessalon. Tessalon Perles contain benzonatate 100 mg while Tessalon capsules contain benzonatate 200 mg. Once administered, Tessalon (benzonatate) begins to work within 15 minutes and the effects can last up to eight hours. Frequently, the dosage of Tessalon used is benzonatate 100 mg or benzonatate 200 mg up to three times per day as needed for cough. Tessalon capsules and Tessalon Perles need to be swallowed whole and not be broken, chewed, crushed, cut or dissolved.
Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.