Compare Codeine Guaifenesin vs. benzonatate

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Cheratussin Ac (Codeine / Guaifenesin)

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Relieves dry cough.

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) can help relieve a dry cough, but it is not the best treatment if you're coughing up mucus.

Upsides
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  • Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) works quickly (within 15 to 20 minutes) and each pill can last up to 8 hours.
  • Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) doesn't have many interactions with other drugs.
  • Most people don't get drowsy from Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) so it doesn't interfere with working and driving.
Downsides
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  • You might have to take Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) 3 times a day to maintain effectiveness.
  • Not safe for children under age 10 and swallowing even a small amount by accident can be deadly.
  • Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) is not a good option if you have trouble swallowing pills.
Used for
  • Cough
  • Due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
Dosage forms
  • Liquid
  • Pill
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Side effects
The Cheratussin Ac (Codeine / Guaifenesin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
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  • Breathing or heartbeat problems

    People with swallowing problems

  • Confusion and hallucinations

    Taking other prescription medicines

  • Choking and breathing problems in children

    Children age 10 or younger

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