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User Reviews for Benzonatate

Also known as: Tessalon Perles, Tessalon

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Cough  
3.9
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Reviews for Benzonatate

Death cough · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 13, 2020

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “Tessalon Perles are useless for cough might you as well swallow a tic tac it would have the same effect for a cough. Three times now I have been given these and they do absolutely nothing for helping stop my cough. I event tried taking them more frequently and still no relief. Biggest joke ever for cough relief and tired of wasting my hard earned money on such a useless medication. I would rate these zero if it would allow however, I must choose a rating of one instead. My quality of life is still suffering I am still coughing so hard I urinate and have bowel movements unexpectedly. I am still crying each time I have a coughing fit gagging until I puke. My throat is raw and I have developed a tension migraine from coughing. I have been up four days now with very little sleep and am exhausted from coughing so hard.”

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Taps · Taken for less than 1 month March 23, 2021

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “Completely worthless! I was given these for a cough -- bronchitis to be more specific. I have been on them 4 days, and I have no relief. Buy some pineapple. Buy it already sliced up but fresh. Pick the orangest ones you can find--much better than this stuff. Pineapple actually works but I was given this. I resorted to an old post surgical narcotic for some relief. Have to get sleep some time. Bills are not going to pay themselves!”

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Tommy Johns April 9, 2021

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “Useless stuff! Just another garbage medication that simply doesn’t work. Medicine in general is one of the biggest scams out there. All of these billion dollar pharmaceutical companies are laughing themselves silly to the bank while prescribing little circle and oval shapes that you swallow that don’t do anything.”

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Girl35 · Taken for less than 1 month December 9, 2019

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “This is the 3 or 4th time I have tried these Tessalon perles, they are completely useless, it’s a joke. A cough drop helps me better. I have an upper respiratory infection and a super dry cough. My chest is on fire. So now what? I have to go back to the doctor and look like some sort of junkie and ask for something different? I feel like my lungs are going to explode. So disappointing. I feel like I’m just getting more sick. I just want cough relief. I’m so glad these are cheap with my insurance.”

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Jo · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 25, 2021

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “This was a miracle medicine during and post COVID to stop the nagging cough. I’m not sure what I would have done without it especially since I didn’t want anything that was going to make me groggy or more fatigued.”

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Pearls don’t work · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 28, 2020

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “I have been prescribed this medicine for bronchitis the croup and now pneumonia over several months they absolutely do not work! They do nothing even when I take two at a time nothing helps. All the doctors are prescribing this they must be getting paid without reading the reviews waste of money and a scam.”

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jmc · Taken for 10 years or more April 22, 2019

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “I take these exclusively for coughing related to sinus drainage - they are anesthetic/numbing pills that are designed to block the cough reflex that results from constant drainage (post-nasal drip). (Imagine being able to get chloraseptic spray to hit that pesky spot in your throat that reacts to the tickle of sinus drainage. They are not an expectorant or a cough suppressant, so they WILL NOT work on chest congestion with/without mucus. They are not designed to help you cough up mucus or block the cough reflex in your lungs. That said, NOTHING works to shut down the cough reflex in my throat like these little godsends.”

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Kat · Taken for less than 1 month September 22, 2020

For Cough: “I wish Tessalon pearles worked for me but they never have. I've had bronchitis almost every year and have tried it several times since I was a child. I don't like taking pills and I never have. What bothers me most is the hesitancy by most doctors to give me something that works when I tell them benzonatate does not touch my deep cough. Everyone is treated like a drug addict when you ask for something a little stronger even when you don't have a problem. I have been sleeping like 4 hours a day due to a bad cough and I've done the over the counters and they don't help much either.”

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peanuts · Taken for less than 1 month June 2, 2020

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “I was prescribed Tessalon on 6/2 for cough. I took my first dose on 6/ 3 at 8 AM. At 9 AM I began to become sleepy and dizzy, my mouth, tongue and throat felt cold. I was still coughing. I slept until 10:30. AM. I was still coughing. It is now 3PM, I just got up again. I am still coughing and somewhat disoriented. I will never take this medication again. This is a dangerous drug.”

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Me · Taken for less than 1 month February 15, 2020

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “Do absolutely nothing for me. Tried multiple had a cough. Even tried a double dose once. Never did any good. maybe made it worse yesterday, coughing for 2 hours straight. Need to rate as a Zero or 0 or Less.”

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Janet · Taken for less than 1 month March 30, 2019

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “I grew into lung issues. Walking pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis, continual coughing. Someone suggested I ask the doctor for the coughing pearls. I had zero negative side effects. Instead by cough nearly stopped. When I did start to cough again it was because it was time to take another dose. This single gel tab allowed my lungs to rest so I could get restful sleep. Colds go away much faster when I have this to use. Have also suggested them to others who have had the very same positive experience. I am so very grateful for these and have been on them numerous times over many years. Always work very well for me!”

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Deb · Taken for less than 1 month November 17, 2019

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “I am always optimistic about Tessalon Perles because they're non narcotic. But, sadly, the don't help me any more than a cough drop. Through the years, I have tried them several times, so I've given them more than one try. In fact, three in all. No relief.”

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Dutchess · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 7, 2019

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “We call these "magic pills" in my house. Stops cough and the pain associated with allergies and sicknesses within 15 minutes. The only medication that works for me most times. Would recommend to everyone!”

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Kalista · Taken for less than 1 month January 25, 2020

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “Was given this medication for cough associated with the flu, taken it as prescribed by my dr but it just don't help at all. I have been taking them for over a week and I still have a horrible cough, bad enough it hurts my ribs.”

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Bashmyshell · Taken for less than 1 month January 4, 2015

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “I was hesitant to take this, but a persistent cough and chronic bronchitis that was well into week 9 left me little choice. I am typically sensitive to most medications. Especially stimulants which is why I was so hesitant. However - I noticed a near immediate suppression of my coughing attacks which would leave me breathless and gasping to the point I was almost vomitting. It took about 30 mins but I noticed it, and will be taking this again in the future if I have an option to!”

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Anonymous July 14, 2011

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “I am an asymptomatic HIV white 44 years-old male with an undetectable viral load count. After ten days of severe coughing I was prescribed Tessalon Perles (100 mg three times a day). It works like a miracle. I am able to sleep and function well while recovering from a respiratory infection which spread to my chest. Since my diagnosis almost 20 years ago, I have kept a journal of all medications which I have used. I am very happy to say that Tessalon Perles will be a medication listed favorably. If I ever have another infection involving a cough, I will request a prescription for this medication.”

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Mom4 June 3, 2020

For Cough: “Do NOT take Benzonatate!! After taking a z-pack that didn't work for bronchitis 2 1/2 months ago, I was finally prescribed amoxicillin but also Benzonatate. By day 5 I woke up feeling awful, took the Benzonate twice that day and by early evening I had chest pain, felt like I was being choked, it was painful to breathe and I had to lay down. I've tested negative for COVID and for the antibodies. I rested for a few hours that evening and started feeling a little better. I obviously stopped taking the Benzonate, and by the next day, I started feeling so much better. Never, have I experienced anything like this. If you are on this drug please stop taking it and opt for something proven to be safer.”

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Eurastus · Taken for less than 1 month February 5, 2020

Tessalon (benzonatate) for Cough: “Tessalon Perles are little more than a placebo... Gummy Bears are about as effective in preventing cough. Prescribers like them because it keeps them from having to prescribe controlled cough syrups which can place them on the State and Federal "frequent prescriber" list, while at the same time making the patient think something has been done to treat him. At one time Perles had fallen in disuse, but the current legislative attacks on sick people by denying them drugs which can be abused has caused the Perles to come back in style. Besides, there's a new generation of of know-nothing patients who can be exploited before they smarten up --- that can take years.”

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fromohio · Taken for less than 1 month January 30, 2015

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “I have reoccuring respiratory infections, bronchitis...I had a very trying case last year with an abnormally persistent cough. Tessalon perles was prescribed for the cough. It was a God send! Worked so well! I have recommended it to everyone who has complained about coughing. Very, very effective for me.”

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JAC · Taken for less than 1 month December 16, 2019

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “After almost 2 weeks of coughing with acute bronchitis, these pills were a life saver. Stopped those deep-lung hacking coughs and allowed me to get a fantastic night's sleep for the first time in days. The work great for me, and I love that they are non-opiate.”

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SunnyInSoCal · Taken for less than 1 month February 6, 2015

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “I've had a horrible cough for two weeks and for the past two days have a dry persistent cough that sounds horrific. I was prescribed Tessalon Perles 100mg twice a day and immediately stopped coughing. This medicine is wonderful and suppresses the urge to cough. I highly recommend this medicine. It does make you drowsy.”

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Binky1920 · Taken for less than 1 month November 13, 2019

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “I can't imagine a doctor actually prescribing this for an adult, this is a child-level drug. I actually had an Urgent Care refuse to prescribe something stronger after 3 days of coughing and congestion on this medication. Now in 10 degree weather I have to go to my car after sitting in the urgent care for an hour and getting bad medical advice from 20 year old unlicensed medical staff.”

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Anonymous February 24, 2020

For Cough: “I had a slight cough going into the doctors to get checked out for flu like symptoms. The doctor prescribed me these useless pills and an inhaler when my cough wasn’t terrible. 2 days later here I am with an even worse cough while taking these, I think it made my cough worse if anything”

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Cracked ribs · Taken for less than 1 month January 2, 2017

Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: “A sudden fit of nonstop coughing landed me at doctor's office. Nothing over the counter helped. I felt like my ribs were cracked and pain was awful. My Dr prescribed Tessalon Perles 100 MG. No more cough and no side effects. I am back to normal. ”

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cherrilea March 1, 2013

Tessalon (benzonatate) for Cough: “I have had allergies for months. The drainage caused me to develop a severe case of bronchitis which triggered my asthma to be worse than ever before. Nothing was working for my cough which was keeping me awake night after night. Sleeping sitting up on the couch for 30 min at a time... Doc at ER gave me 2 Tessalon. Cough stopped almost immediately. First night of sleep I have had in weeks. Thank heavens she wrote me a prescription. Now I am looking forward to my second night cough free. Thank God for small miracles.”

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