Tessalon Perles

(benzonatate)

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Relieves dry cough.

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Our bottom line

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

Quick facts about benzonatate
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (benzonatate)
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    $20.10
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Upsides

  • 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.

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Downsides

  • 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.

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Lowest price for 30 100mg capsules
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$8.20
  • Price before coupon
    $20.10
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    $8.20
    59% savings
How it works

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) is an antitussive. It works on certain nerves in the lungs to stop the urge to cough.

Quick facts about benzonatate
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (benzonatate)

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What to expect when you take Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough

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Side effect rates for Tessalon Perles (benzonatate)

Risks and Warnings for Tessalon Perles (benzonatate)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • People with swallowing problems

    Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) can cause numbness in your mouth or throat if it is chewed or broken inside the mouth instead of being swallowed. This can be very dangerous and might lead to breathing problems, or your heart may stop. If numbness or tingling occurs, do not eat or drink until it goes away. If numbness or tingling lasts or gets worse or if you have an allergic reaction (such as trouble breathing, hives, swelling of face or mouth), seek emergency help right away. Talk to your doctor if you have swallowing problems since you might need a different medication.

Common concerns from people taking Tessalon Perles (benzonatate)

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Interactions
  • Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) doesn't have many interactions with other drugs.
Sleep
  • Most people don't get drowsy from Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) so it doesn't interfere with working and driving.