Tessalon is a medicine used to treat coughs. It proves quite effective in treating cough caused by the common cold or other breathing problems, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma or emphysema. Tessalon Perles or simply Tessalon is a non-narcotic cough suppressant that works by reducing the reflex that makes you cough. It is important to have clear information about Tessalon Perles dosage and any side effects associated with the use of this medication. It is not suitable for children younger than 10 years old. Discuss risks and benefits with your doctor before you opt for Tessalon Perles to suppress your cough.
How to Take Tessalon
Different patients may need different doses of this medicine. You should follow your doctor’s instructions when taking Tessalon. If your doctor has suggested a different dosage requirement from what’s printed on the label, don’t change it without consulting your doctor again.
The general dosage requirement for adults and children above 10 years old is 100mg thrice a day. You should avoid taking more than 200mg at a time and never exceed 600mg throughout the day. Still, how much you need it depends on the strength of the medicine as well as the condition for which you’re taking it.
Missed Dose and Overdose
If you miss a dose by mistake, you don’t have to take it again. Just skip the dose and start with your regular dosing schedule. Avoid overdose because it can be fatal, especially to children. Some common overdose symptoms are feeling restless, numbness in the throat and drowsiness. You may also experience signs like slow heart rate, seizures, slow breathing and weak pulse. Call the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222 immediately after taking double doses by mistake.
Precautions for Tessalon
You should tell your doctor if you’re allergic to benzonatate. Tessalon may have inactive ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions and cause other problems.
Driving and Other Activities
It is important to avoid driving after you take Tessalon because it may make you feel drowsy or dizzy. Also, you should avoid operating any equipment or perform any activity that requires a specific degree of alertness after taking Tessalon.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
If you’re pregnant, it is better to limit the use of this medication and take it when you really think you can’t do without it. If you’re nursing a baby, you should consult your doctor before taking tessalon.
There are no known medications that interact with Tessalon, but you may need to avoid taking another anesthetizing or pain-killing drug when you’re taking Tessalon. Tell your doctor what other medications you’re using before taking Tessalon. Inform your doctor about non-prescription, prescription, recreational, OTC or any illegal drugs you are using.
Side Effects of Tessalon
General Side Effects
You may sometimes experience some less serious side effects after taking this medicine. The list includes dizziness, headache, nausea, drowsiness, mild itching, constipation and skin rash.
Serious Side Effects
You should discontinue the use of Tessalon and seek immediate medical attention if you notice signs of serious allergic reactions, such as difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue. Other serious side effects include chest pain, confusion, numbness, a choking feeling and hallucinations.