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User Reviews for Benzonatate

Also known as: Tessalon, Tessalon Perles, Zonatuss

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For Cough: "I was just prescribed this medication last night. I have had bronchitis many times in my life and thought that's what I had this time too. Went to a walk in clinic and the NP prescribed these "pearls" as well as Abuterol inhaler (which I haven't used yet), and also Mucinex. I've taken two pearls so far and stopped coughing!! I still cough to clear my throat occasionally but not like before! I had a virus in April 2017 and never really got rid of the cough until now! I would recommend this med to any one!"

   
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Kpip (taken for less than 1 month) August 14, 2018

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For Cough: "I was prescribed this and it doesn't work at all. I had a severe cough that wouldn't go away and I couldn't sleep at night. My mom gave me an old cough syrup with codeine for nights (she's broken ribs from her coughs), and a lidocaine gargle for my sore throat. My husband got OTC lozenges that also help numb the throat. I feel incredibly better than before, I wasted $10 on these junky pills."

   
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Cheryl (taken for less than 1 month) August 4, 2018

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For Cough: "Did nothing to suppress my coughing. Total waste."

   
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Nadoro (taken for less than 1 month) July 28, 2018

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Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: "I was prescribed these “cough pearls” for bronchitis and my new doctor said to continue taking Robitussin DM along with the pearls every 6 hours. That was 3 weeks ago and I’ve taken them religiously, but, still coughing my head off. Last year when I had bronchitis I was prescribed cough medicine with Hydrocodone which helped immediately. I’m going back to doctor and ask for the same cough medicine. I don’t think the cough pearls and robitussin are very effective with my bronchitis."

   
3.0

Blackbean Betty (taken for less than 1 month) July 25, 2018

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Tessalon (benzonatate) for Cough: "Ineffective. Still coughing. Throat drops are a temporary relief from coughing until the drops dissolve completely. Had cough over a month."

   
1.0

Vitpow (taken for less than 1 month) July 17, 2018

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For Cough: "I was prescribed this medication after I was coughing for about a month. I'm one of those people who react badly to drugs so I normally check what side effects to expect and then decide whether or not to take the drug. The side effects listed for this drug were discouraging but because I'd been coughing so long, I decided it was worth a try. But I wasn't going to use the inhaler which had its own list of terrible side effects and I chose instead to use a humidifier to help my breathing. About five minutes after I took the first capsule, I could feel the drug coursing through my system and after a short while, I was cocooned in an alter state. I felt like I was living in my own dream and I've been taking the drug for four days and I'm not sure if it's me doing the things I'm doing or I'm just dreaming. I also get nauseous and I've developed an on and off headache. It took care of my cough though and I'm happy with that so I'll try and see if I can stick with it to the end."

   
5.0

Madi July 10, 2018

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For Cough: "does not have any effect on me... coughing is worse with this drug"

   
1.0

mashale68 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 10, 2018

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For Cough: "This medication worked very well for me. My cough was extreme. I took this medication with the combination of another drug and a prescription nasal spray for seven days to relieve my cough. No problems here."

   
9.0

Grandma Ma (taken for less than 1 month) July 4, 2018

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For Cough: "Prescribed and took 100mg for cough at night. The cough kept me up all night. Might as well not have taken anything"

   
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Josie (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 26, 2018

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For Cough: "Have had a coughing problem went to dr they sent me to get x-rays then 3 min later I had the drug store call me saying they had a medicine for me. Well I took this for the first day felt like I was coughing worse then second day took antibiotic with this and yet again felt even worse and throwing up can't eat coughing fits hit me out of the blue."

   
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Purdylili (taken for less than 1 month) June 25, 2018

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For Cough: "I have been using this medication to suppress a chronic coughing that I have. This medication effectively stops my cough within 20 minutes of use. It is long lasting and I take it only when needed. I do not understand why this medication is not on the formulary of my Part D insurer. This is not a narcotic and is safer than many of the OTC alternatives."

   
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xbrx (taken for less than 1 month) June 21, 2018

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For Cough: "Worked completely opposite of indicated effects: -not drowsy; it's 3am and I'm wide awake writing this, eg. -cough became much worse immediately and up to 90 minutes after ingestion of one pearl. -had to use a Ventolin inhaler to curb the frequency and intensity of coughing fits. -no nausea, however."

   
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benz-NO-tate June 20, 2018

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For Cough: "Diagnosed with bronchitis 4 days ago and have been taking this med for 3 days now. Coughing is persistent and terrible. The meds are not working. At least the Doctor was upfront with me when he prescribed them and said, "these only work in 3 of 10 people." Will finish the rx, but would not recommend using."

   
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Frustrated (taken for less than 1 month) June 17, 2018

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Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: "Have had a chronic cough for 8 months. Would wake up every night after being asleep for 4 or 5 hours with a terrible hacking cough that would last for several minutes. At first, x-ray for any lung disease then given medication by doctor to treat possible GERT. No help. Then medication for asthma, no help. Then medication for allergies, no help. Then was given Benzotatate. Coughing stopped almost immediately. Have used it for over a month now and have only woken once with a cough but it was not near as violent as my other coughing spells. Gentle cough and fell back asleep immediately. I've read some of these other reviews that it wasn't helpful but for me it was great."

   
9.0

Dave (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 13, 2018

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For Cough: "it is useless and is a waste of money and if your doctor prescribes it--get another doctor!!"

   
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looney June 12, 2018

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For Cough: "I started taking the Perles last night after being discharged for having pneumonia. About 20 minutes after taking it I was extremely tired but unable to control my body movements. I was jerking a lot and had a sense of falling. Once I fell asleep I was woken the first time for an unbelievably bad dream. So bad that it took me a couple minutes to make sure of where I was and if I was still alive. Then I went back to sleep and was woken by an incredible coughing fit. I would strongly advise speaking with your Dr before accepting this rx"

   
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Reba (taken for less than 1 month) June 9, 2018

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Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: "Took my first dosage and immediately started coughing. Took two more pills over the next two days then quit taking. A waste of time and no improvement."

   
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Agitated (taken for less than 1 month) June 7, 2018

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For Cough: "Did not work for me. Coughing from bronchitis. On albuterol nebulizer. Severe cough, painful breathing. This med did nothing."

   
1.0

Anonymous June 6, 2018

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For Cough: "I’m taking this for a cough from pneumonia. It does not work!!"

   
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Dee (taken for less than 1 month) May 31, 2018

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For Cough: "I've taken 2 benzonatate so far and I still am coughing. Pills didn't make me drowsy either."

Sneezy (taken for less than 1 month) May 22, 2018

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For Cough: "I've only taken one or 2 a day For 2 days. Coughing at times. Not sure it helped. But now I have loss of taste. I can feel food in my mouth but cannot taste or smell. Even lemon juice is undetectable. I will stop taking them now and go for honey"

   
5.0

Wags (taken for less than 1 month) May 16, 2018

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For Cough: "I currently have bronchitis, and my doctor prescribed benzonatate to treat my horrendous cough. At first I was frustrated because it wasn’t treating my cough. I then realized that I usually don’t drink as much water as I should, and the cough after taking it felt really dry. So I downed a full glass of water, and now I’m hardly coughing at all! I’m uncertain, but I suppose you have to be hydrated for benzonatate to work properly."

   
6.0

Libby (taken for less than 1 month) May 9, 2018

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Tessalon Perles (benzonatate) for Cough: "This doesn’t work! Why bother prescribing it. Go for the cough syrup with codeine instead."

   
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Holly (taken for less than 1 month) April 25, 2018

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For Cough: "Was prescribed this medicine for a prolonged cough due to recurrent bronchitis. I had never taken this medicine before, but had an allergic reaction to it that woke me up from a dead sleep. My throat constricted and swelled and I was gasping for air and could not breathe. Once I was finally able to breathe, I coughed up a ton of mucus and still had smaller throat spasms the rest of the night. I did not take it again."

   
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Shell (taken for less than 1 month) April 10, 2018

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For Cough: "This medication did not provide any relief for me."

   
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SkG March 28, 2018

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