benzonatate (Tessalon Perles, Zonatuss - discontinued in the US)

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GENERIC NAME: benzonatate

BRAND NAME: Tessalon Perles

DISCONTINUED BRAND: Zonatuss in the US

PESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: Benzonatate is used for relieving cough.

SIDE EFFECTS:

The most frequent adverse reactions of benzonatate include:

Other side effects that have been reported include:

Severe hypersensitivity reactions (including airway spasms and cardiovascular collapse) may occur from sucking or chewing the capsule instead of swallowing it.

Benzonatate should not be used in children who are less than 10 years of age because unintentional overdose and death have been reported in this age group.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2016

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