Should you take benzonatate when you have Covid?

I’ve seen that benzonatate (Tessalon) capsules have helped ease cough in many of my patients. This is a non-sedating medication that numbs the throat and helps reduce the reflex to cough. Your provider will need to evaluate you and give you a prescription for it, but the medication is cheap.

What is Tessalon used for?

This medication is used to treat coughs caused by the common cold and other breathing problems (such as pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma). It works by reducing the reflex in the lungs that causes the urge to cough.

What are side effects of Tessalon Perles?

What Are Side Effects of Tessalon Perles?

  • drowsiness,
  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • constipation,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • stomach upset,
  • stuffy nose,

Is Tessalon a cough suppressant?

Benzonatate is used to relieve coughing. Benzonatate is a non-narcotic cough medicine that numbs the throat and lungs, making the cough reflex less active. Benzonatate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How long does it take for Tessalon to work?

Brand name: Tessalon. You shouldn’t break, chew, cut, or crush this drug. This drug is used to relieve coughing. It starts working about 15–20 minutes after you swallow it. Its effects last for 3–8 hours.

How long do benzonatate side effects last?

Central nervous system (CNS) problems, such as headache, confusion, visual hallucinations, and dizziness, occur fairly early (within an hour) after taking a dose of benzonatate. These rapid or early side effects generally fade as the drug wears off in three to eight hours.

What are the most common side effects of benzonatate?

Benzonatate may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • nausea.
  • constipation.
  • drowsiness.
  • headache.
  • dizziness.
  • stuffy nose.
  • feeling chilly.
  • burning in the eyes.

Do Tessalon Perles raise blood pressure?

This leads to clearing of nasal congestion. However, this effect may also increase blood pressure in patients who have high blood pressure.