Benzonatate is indicated for the treatment of coughs resulting from respiratory conditions such as the common cold, pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.
Benzonatate is in a class of medications called antitussives. It works by reducing the cough reflex in the lungs and air passages.
Uses and Dosage
Benzonatate is available in two oral formulations, including liquid-filled capsules and capsules, which are administered by mouth. This medication is taken as needed three times daily. Adhere to the instructions on the prescription label, and if any aspects are unclear, consult with a healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Swallow the capsules and liquid-filled capsules intact without breaking, dissolving, cutting, crushing, sucking, or chewing them. In the event of the medication being released in the mouth, it can cause numbness, which may lead to choking. Refrain from eating or drinking if experiencing any numbness or tingling sensations in the mouth, tongue, throat, or face. If the symptoms persist or exacerbate, seek medical attention promptly.
Benzonatate may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- stuffy nose
- feeling chilly
- burning in the eyes
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- rash or hives
- tightening of the throat
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- numbness of the chest
Prior to initiating treatment with benzonatate, inform your physician or pharmacist of any hypersensitivities you may have, including any allergy to benzonatate, certain anesthetic agents like procaine or tetracaine, or any other allergies. The product may comprise of inactive ingredients that can cause an allergic reaction or other adverse effects.
Before administering this medication, disclose your medical history to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Benzonatate can potentially cause dizziness or drowsiness. Concurrent use of alcohol or marijuana may intensify these effects. Abstain from operating machinery, driving, or undertaking activities that require attentiveness until you can perform them safely.
During pregnancy, this medication should only be used if it is deemed necessary. Assess the risks and benefits of benzonatate with your physician.
Form and Strength
Tessalon Perles is available in the following forms and strengths:
How quickly does benzonatate start working?
It starts working within 15 to 20 minutes after you take a dose.
Does benzonatate break up mucus?
No, Benzonatate does not loosen mucus. In patients with thick mucus or who are unable to cough up mucus, expectorants are used to loosen the mucus.