Brand Name(s): Tessalon Perle, Zonatuss
Drug Class: antitussives (cough suppressants)
Treats: coughs, asthma, emphysema
The medicine Benzonatate is a generic drug that goes by brand names such as Tessalon Perle and Zonatuss. Benzonatate is a non-narcotic oral cough suppressant whose effects in patients can last between 6 to 8 hours. Benzonatate belongs to a class of drugs known as antitussives or cough suppressants and works by reducing the reflex in the lungs that cause the urge to cough.
Benzonatate is a nonnarcotic cough suppressant that is used to treat a cough caused by the common cold and other breathing problems such as asthma, pneumonia, emphysema, and bronchitis.
Benzonatate works in the lungs and airways to reduce the cough reflex, which helps in relieving cough.
Do not give Benzonatate to children who are less than ten years. If there are other medications that you are taking, consult with your healthcare provider to know if they may interact. There are side effects associated with Benzonatate so make sure to inform your doctor if you notice any side effects when taking this medication.