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Would it help to take benzonatate (aka. Tessalon perles) for cough?

Would it help to take benzonatate (aka. Tessalon perles) for cough?

Maybe: When possible it is best to treat the cause of the cough, but when a cough has irritated your throat and thereby cause more coughing tessalon perles (benzonatate) can help decrease the cough. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I have pneumonia and I'm taking levaquin (levofloxacin) and tessalon perles plus cough syrup------is all that okay?

I have pneumonia and I'm taking levaquin (levofloxacin) and tessalon perles plus cough syrup------is all that okay?

Perhaps: I find that cough medicines like tessalon perles and non-codeine containing cough meds are not terribly effective for the cough from pneumonia. They are more effective for post nasal drip or tracheitis coughs. If the pneumonia is bacterial, Levaquin (levofloxacin) is often very effective. If the pneumonia is viral-and many pneumonias are-the antibiotic will make no difference. ...Read more

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Should I take benzonatate (aka. Tessalon perles) for a cough caused by acid reflux/gerd?

Should I take benzonatate (aka. Tessalon perles) for a cough caused by acid reflux/gerd?

Treat GERD instead: Gerd (movement of stomach contents into esophagus) can result from: 1) inappropriate relaxation of lower esophageal sphincter, gastroparesis (sluggish stomach emptying, partial gastric outlet obstruction), ineffective esophageal peristalsis, inadequate salivary production. Limit consumption of: caffeine & fizzy drinks, dietary fats, tomato products, chocolate, tobacco, alcohol, bedtime snacks. ...Read more

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I was perscribed tessalon perles (benzonatate) for my cough but its not working what's the next meds I should check out?

I was perscribed tessalon perles (benzonatate) for my cough but its not working what's the next meds I should check out?

Tessalon: This type of drug is designed to reduce coughing. Yu may want to look forther into your cough as it may be produced by numerous conditions like chronic bronchitis, asthma, gerd, etc. If you are taking an ace inhibtior for blood pressure, this may also be a cause. Please look into it ...Read more

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Should I take benzonatate (aka. Tessalon perles) for a chronic cough?

Should I take benzonatate (aka. Tessalon perles) for a chronic cough?

Maybe: Tessalon pearls sometimes work very well. More importantly I would see your doctor to find out why you are coughing chronically. There is likely better medicines to take which may resolve your chronic cough. See your doctor. ...Read more

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My son was prescribed promethazine dm cough syrup and Tessalon Perles for a bad cough. Can he take them together? He is almost 8.

My son was prescribed promethazine dm cough syrup and Tessalon Perles for a bad cough. Can he take them together? He is almost 8.

Mgt.: The cause of the cough can be further evaluated and a virtual appointment may be useful to you and your PCP. If there is nasal congestion, nasal saline rinses reduce post nasal drip. ...Read more

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Bronchitis- how can I stop gagging when I cough? I take shallow breaths to avoid coughing. Taking tessalon perles (benzonatate) but still have coughing fits.

Mgt: I would suggest an inbox consultation. If you have been coughing for three weeks or more, please see your physician for a chest imaging study and pulmonary function test. Your GERDmay worsen during a viral illness, and medication may be adjusted ...Read more

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Can I take Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) and theraflu nighttime severe cold/cough? They have different active ingredients but both have cough suppressant.

Can I take Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) and theraflu nighttime severe cold/cough? They have different active ingredients but both have cough suppressant.

Both work well for c: Both drugs work differently but can be used together.
Tessalon can cause hallucinations so be careful with dosage.
Lots of fluids and bed rest will do more for your symptoms Hope you are not a smoker. ...Read more

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I was given tessalon perles, singular, and Ventolin inhaler last week, then a Z-pack Tuesday. Still, have a dry hacking cough. Anything else to do?

I was given tessalon perles, singular, and Ventolin inhaler last week, then a Z-pack Tuesday. Still, have a dry hacking cough. Anything else to do?

Mgt: A virtual consult may be helpful. I would suggest seeing your PCP for cough that lingers or worsens over the next one week. You may need a course of antibiotics or steroids, depending on other factors. A spacer mask should be used with the inhaler for better delivery. ...Read more

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What will happen if u inject tessalon perles (benzonatate)?

Why??: Tessalon perles (benzonatate) are intended to be swallowed, not injected. They are used to help with a cough. I doubt there are any studies. My guess is that it would sting and possibly make you ill. Don't try it. ...Read more

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Can you take guiatuss AC and tessalon perles (benzonatate) together? I received tessalon for day and guiatuss AC for night but I am hacking so bad during day.

Can you take guiatuss AC and tessalon perles (benzonatate) together? I received tessalon for day and guiatuss AC for night but I am hacking so bad during day.

Contact Doctor: Neither of those medications treat the underlying cause of your cough. If you are not getting better than you must contact your doctor to see what to do next. ...Read more

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How many hours do I need to space between 200mg doses of tessalon perles (benzonatate)?

How many hours do I need to space between 200mg doses of tessalon perles (benzonatate)?

4 hours: Tessalon usually starts working within 20 minutes of taking it with a duration of action of 3 – 8 hours. I would not take it more frequently than every 4 hours. Overdose is not generally a problem but the typical maximum dose is 600 – 800 mg per day. ...Read more

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Can I take motrin and tessalon perles (benzonatate) together?

Motrin ; Tessalon: Hello, it is ok to take these two medications together. ...Read more

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I'm taking levaquin (levofloxacin) and tessalon perles------is all this needed?

I'm taking levaquin (levofloxacin) and tessalon perles------is all this needed?

Depends on scenario: Depends on what's the situation, what's being treated and what was found on physical exam.

If the situation is simply a bacterial infection, and an annoying cough, then yes this is enough.
Feel better! ...Read more

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Can you take tessalon perles (benzonatate) with sudafed?

Drugs. Com: Did not show any significant drug interactions between tessalon perles & regular sudafed. But there are many types of sudafed. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) while taking tessalon perles?

Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) while taking tessalon perles?

Probably OK: These are to different class of medications and should not interact. More importantly is why one takes these meds and one's physician, who is familiar with diagnosis, can provide better guidance. ...Read more

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Can an adult take delsym (dextromethorphan) and tessalon perles together?

Can an adult take delsym (dextromethorphan) and tessalon perles together?

Yes, but . . .: It's always best to ask your prescribing doc & dispensing pharmacist what to take and what to avoid. They can only do that if you tell them everything you take including OTC. More importantly, you need to be very specific & detailed. For instance, there are many versions of Delsym, (dextromethorphan) each w/various medication recipes. Check out http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=844-2022,353-156 ...Read more

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Will Tessalon perles (benzonatate) counter act plan b?

Will Tessalon perles (benzonatate) counter act plan b?

No: There are no known interactions between tessalon perles (benzonatate) and plan b. Good health. ...Read more

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Can I take 400mg(2 perles) of Benzonatate at once,since taking the one perle of 200 mg isn't relieving my cough?

Cough: 2 peerless will not do you any harm. However I do not know if it will help your cough. If it doesn't then you need to see a doctor and get some other treatment ...Read more

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Can benzonatate (tessalon) make you drowsy?

Can benzonatate (tessalon) make you drowsy?

Not likely: Tessalon perles (benzonatate) are used to treat coughing. They provide a local anesthetic to cough receptor triggers. It is unlikely that they would cause fatigue or drowsiness, but to be sure, don't take your fist dose ever and then operate a car, boat, plane, tractor, etc. ...Read more

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Will benzonatate pearls get me high like cough syrup?

Will benzonatate pearls get me high like cough syrup?

Benzonatate pearls: No these will not get you high like cough syrup. Because it does not contain narcotics like codeine, hydrocodone or dexomorphone. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Benzonatate (Definition)

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Tessalon Perles (Definition)

Tessalon Perles is an expectorant which is a kind of common ...Read more