Tessalon (benzonatate) prescription available online 

If you are suffering from coughing, Tessalon can help. Get a new prescription or refill of Tessalon from a board-certified doctor online.*

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About Tessalon 

Tessalon is considered a non-narcotic cough medicine, which functions by numbing the throat and lungs to make the cough reflex less active.

Some conditions that Tessalon is known to treat include coughing. Tessalon is available only by prescription. It is available in a generic formulation as well as under different brand names, including benzonatate.

Tessalon may be prescribed as liquid-filled capsule. It’s always important to follow the specific instructions on your prescription, as they can vary based on the formulation and dosage.

If you're prescribed Tessalon, be sure to complete the full course of the cough medicine unless your healthcare professional specifically tells you to stop. If you don’t complete your prescription, the cough medicine may not fully treat your cough.

Tessalon uses

There is one FDA-approved use for Tessalon, but it may also be used off-label to treat other conditions. Your online health care professional may prescribe it for any of the following common reasons.

It’s also possible that healthcare professionals may prescribe it for other reasons not listed here. If you have questions about why a medication is prescribed or medical condition, ask your online healthcare provider or pharmacist.

  • Symptomatic cough

    Tessalon is FDA-approved to treat symptomatic coughs caused by the common cold and other breathing problems, such as bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, and pneumonia.

Tessalon side effects

The side effects associated with taking Tessalon are typically mild. Most Tessalon side effects are associated with gastrointestinal discomfort.

  • Tessalon has some common side effects. They may include:

    • Nausea and upset stomach

    • Headache or dizziness

    • Skin rash or itching

    • Stuffy nose

    Other side effects, which are less common but might be more severe, could include:

    • Severe drowsiness or tiredness

    • Severe dizziness

    • Serious allergic reaction

    • Choking feeling

    Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any adverse effects, or if you develop any other new or concerning symptoms. The use of Tessalon is not approved for children younger than 10 years old.

How to take Tessalon

Your pharmacist will provide you with instructions on how to take your Tessalon prescription. Be sure to read your prescription label and follow the instructions. Call your doctor or pharmacy if you have any questions.

Tessalon can come in different dosage forms, and doses, so be sure to follow the specific instructions on your prescription. The starting dose of Tessalon is typically one 100 mg capsule three times daily as needed. If needed, up to 600 mg daily may be prescribed in three divided doses.

Avoid sucking or chewing on a liquid-filled capsule, as this may cause serious side effects. Swallow the pill whole.

Keep Tessalon in stored away from children in a child-resistant container. When you're finished taking Tessalon, contact your local waste disposal company to properly dispose of the medication.

What to avoid while taking Tessalon

Tessalon has several drug interactions. Don’t change what you are taking without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. That includes other drugs or herbal products, as well as over-the-counter drugs.

Possible drug interactions with Tessalon include:

  • Muscle relaxants, opioid medications, sleeping pills, and other medications that may cause drowsiness

  • Tizanidine

Drinking alcohol while taking Tessalon can increase your risk of serious side effects, such as mental confusion, severe drowsiness, and other severe allergic reactions too. Avoid drinking alcohol without your doctor's approval.

Medication alternatives to Tessalon

If your healthcare provider prefers to put you on another treatment, they may suggest another antitussive or cough medicine in another drug class. Here are some common doctor-recommended alternatives based on your health issue:

  • Symptomatic cough

    Mucinex (guaifenesin)

    Robafen Cough (dextromethorphan)

    Tussionex Pennkinteic (hydrocodone/chlorpheniramine)

Tessalon prescription FAQs

  • How much does Tessalon cost?

    Depending on your pharmacy, Tessalon costs around $216 for one hundred 100 or 200 mg capsules without insurance. Fortunately, generic brands, such as benzonatate, offer an affordable alternative.

  • How can I refill my Tessalon prescription?

    To refill your Tessalon prescription, book a virtual appointment with a board-certified PlushCare doctor. After reviewing all your medicines, symptoms and medical history, your doctor can send an electronic prescription to your local pharmacy.

  • Does Tessalon make you sleepy?

    Yes, Tessalon can make you feel drowsy. Drowsiness and fatigue are common side effects of benzonatate.

  • What is Tessalon used for?

    Tessalon is used to relieve symptomatic cough, which may be caused by the common cold, pneumonia, bronchitis, or other breathing problems.

  • Is Mucinex the same as benzonatate?

    No, Mucinex and benzonatate belong to different drug classes. Mucinex is an expectorant, which thins mucus and makes it easier to cough up. Benzonatate is an antitussive, which suppresses a cough.

  • Who should not take Tessalon?

    Avoid taking Tessalon if you've had an allergic reaction to Tessalon or topical medicines such as tetracaine or procaine. Ask your doctor for medical advice about side side if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.

    Children younger than 10 years old should not take Tessalon. An accidental overdose of of Tessalon can be fatal to children.

  • What happens if I miss a dose of Tessalon?

    If you miss a dose of Tessalon, take the missed dose as soon as you remember and return to your regular dosing schedule. Skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose. Avoid taking two doses to make up for a missed dose.

  • What happens if I take too much Tessalon?

    If you've taken too much Tessalon, seek emergency medical help, or call your local poison control center or provincial poison control center (for Canada residents).

    If a child accidentally swallows Tessalon, visit your nearest hospital immediately. Overdose symptoms may include visual hallucinations, trouble breathing, slow heart rate, seizure, and weak pulse.

  • Is Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) available over the counter?

    Tessalon Perles, containing the medication benzonatate, is not available over the counter. Tessalon Perles requires a prescription due to the risk of side effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, headache, constipation, nausea, or stomach upset. It's also important to talk to a doctor to ensure it's the right medication for your specific cough.

    A cough can be caused by various reasons, such as allergies, the common cold, or even postnasal drip. Tessalon Perles specifically targets coughs caused by irritation, not all cough types. Depending on the cause of your cough, a doctor can prescribe different medications. For example, an antihistamine might be a better option if your cough is due to allergies. Your doctor will also decide the appropriate dose and length of treatment for the best results while minimizing side effects.

    Our board-certified physicians are available 24/7 for convenient telehealth appointments. Within an hour, you can discuss your symptoms, receive a diagnosis, and get an online prescription for Tessalon Perles (if appropriate) – all from the comfort of your home. Telemedicine appointments are available with or without insurance, and we accept most major plans.

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Tessalon prescription pricing details

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