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Last reviewed on RxList: 9/12/2016
Tessalon Side Effects Center

Pharmacy Editor: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Last reviewed on RxList 9/12/2016

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) is an oral non-narcotic oral antitussive medication used for suppressing cough. A generic version of Tessalon Perles is available. Common side effects of Tessalon Perles include

The usual dose of Tessalon Perles is 100 mg three times daily. Tessalon Perles may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicines, sedatives, narcotic pain medicines, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicines for seizures, depression, or anxiety). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Use during pregnancy has not been adequately evaluated and it is not known whether Tessalon is secreted into breast milk. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before using Tessalon Perles.

Our Tessalon Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Tessalon Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop taking benzonatate and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • a choking feeling;
  • chest pain or numbness;
  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • confusion; or
  • hallucinations.

Some of these side effects may result from chewing or sucking on a benzonatate capsule.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache;
  • dizziness;
  • drowsiness;
  • nausea, vomiting, constipation; or
  • mild itching or skin rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Tessalon (Benzonatate Capsules)

Tessalon Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

Potential Adverse Reactions to TESSALON may include:

Hypersensitivity reactions including bronchospasm, laryngospasm, cardiovascular collapse possibly related to local anesthesia from chewing or sucking the capsule.

CNS: sedation; headache; dizziness; mental confusion; visual hallucinations.

GI: constipation; nausea; GI upset.

Dermatologic: pruritus; skin eruptions.

Other: nasal congestion; sensation of burning in the eyes; vague “chilly” sensation; numbness of the chest; hypersensitivity.

Deliberate or accidental overdose has resulted in death, particularly in children.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Tessalon (Benzonatate Capsules)

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© Tessalon Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Tessalon Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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