What Is Benzonatate?

If you have been prescribed benzonatate (Tessalon®) for your cough, you may be curious about what it is and how it should be taken. Unlike many other cough medications, benzonatate is not a cough syrup. Instead, it comes in the form of liquid-filled gel capsules.
The medication is approved for use in adults and children age 10 and older. It comes in two different strengths. The standard dose for suppressing a cough is 100 or 200 mg, up to three times daily, as necessary.
In clinical trials, common side effects seen with benzonatate included the following:
If you have trouble swallowing capsules, talk to your healthcare provider about other options for treating your cough. People who cannot swallow capsules should not take benzonatate, as serious problems could occur if the medication is chewed or sucked.
(Click Benzonatate to learn more about what it is used for, how this product works, how it should be taken, and what to do if side effects occur.)
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