Benzonatate Generic

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    Generic for Tessalon Perles
    30 capsules $5.1 USD
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    Generic for Tessalon Perles
    60 capsules $5.7 USD
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Do you need a prescription for benzonatate?

Yes, benzonatate is only available with a valid physician Rx.

How much is benzonatate without Insurance in the US?

Our website gives two competitive savings options to US customers who wish to purchase benzonatate, as either a brand or generic, if available. The first is access to medications through our mail-order online pharmacy. The second is by using the Now Patient Rx Advantage Card, which can be used in over 65,000 pharmacies nationwide, across America. If you are insured, then in most cases, the cash price will be significantly cheaper than the copay.

What will my out-of-pocket cost be for benzonatate in the US?

There are no out-of-pocket (OOP) costs because we are currently only offering a cash-based option to purchase medications.

Is Now Patient a benzonatate savings card?

Yes. Save up to 90% on your benzonatate with the FREE Now Patient Rx Advantage card*.
*Based on the difference between the U&C submitted by the pharmacy and the price the patients pay.

Can you handle Rx transfers for home delivery in the US?

Yes. If you use the mail-order online pharmacy option, then we can handle requests by you to have your prescription transferred to our pharmacy for home delivery. We can even help you manage your refills by giving you timely reminders, so you do not run out of your medication.

Is Now Patient a benzonatate coupon provider in the US?

No. Now Patient does not provide benzonatate coupons or FREE benzonatate samples.

Do you accept commercial, Medicare or Medicaid coverage for benzonatate in the US?

No. Currently, we only offer cash-based options for purchase, therefore we do not require your insurance benefit details. In the future, our plan is to be able to handle commercial insurance, Medicare and Medicaid including cases where you have multiple health plans that provide benefit coverage (e.g. Medicaid and Commercial). We also anticipate being able to handle more complex scenarios such as using primary insurance combined with a manufacturer copay assistance program.

Does Now Patient work with Medicare?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than Medicare copays. We do not bill Medicare Part D (standalone drug coverage) or Medicare Advantage (combined health and drug coverage). When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

Does Now Patient work with Commercial Insurance?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than commercial plan copays. We do not bill your commercial plan. When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

What should you do if you use too much benzonatate?


Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using benzonatate. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource if you think you’ve used too much benzonatate. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.


If you think it is an emergency, call 999 or find your nearest A&E
If you need help now, but it’s not an emergency go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111. Alternatively you can speak to one of our pharmacists or use the Now Patient app to make an appointment with your GP.

What should I do if I miss my dose?

There are occasions when people forget to take their medication at correct prescribed times. This may not only have an effect on potentially making the medication less effective but it may also inadvertently lead to taking doses too close together, thereby increasing the risks of side effects.

Click here to find out what to do if you forgot to take your medication

What is generic benzonatate?

Generic benzonatate refers to the non-brand-name version of the medication. It contains the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug but is typically less expensive.

FDA approval of benzonatate

Benzonatate is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the relief of cough caused by minor throat and bronchial irritation.

Active ingredient of benzonatate

The active ingredient of benzonatate is benzonatate.

US brand name of benzonatate and manufacturer

Benzonatate is available in the US under various brand names, including Tessalon and Zonatuss. It is manufactured by different pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of benzonatate and manufacturer

In the UK, benzonatate is not currently available under a specific brand name.

Prescription requirement for benzonatate

A prescription (Rx) is required for benzonatate in the US. Availability and prescription requirements may vary in other countries.

Availability of benzonatate in the UK

There is no availability of benzonatate in the UK.

Conditions treated by benzonatate

Benzonatate is primarily used for the relief of cough caused by minor throat and bronchial irritation.

How does benzonatate work?

The exact mechanism of action of benzonatate in relieving cough is not fully understood. It is believed to work by numbing the stretch receptors in the lungs, throat, and airways, reducing the cough reflex.

Forms of benzonatate available

Benzonatate is available in the form of oral benzonatate capsules.

Dosage of benzonatate

The dosage of benzonatate may vary depending on the individual’s age, condition, and response to the medication. It is important to follow the medical advice provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for benzonatate use

Benzonatate should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. Adults and young children 10 years of age and older are recommended to take 100 mg three times a day. Do not take more than 200 mg capsules at one time or more than 600 mg per day. Store benzonatate at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Warnings and contraindications

  • Benzonatate may cause certain side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness, and numbing of the mouth or throat. It is important to use caution while taking benzonatate, especially when engaging in activities that require alertness
  • It is important to avoid chewing or sucking on the capsules it may act as a local anesthetic on the throat, which can increase the risk of choking or aspiration
  • Inform the healthcare provider about all medications being taken, as benzonatate may interact with certain medications

Use of benzonatate during pregnancy and breastfeeding

The use of benzonatate during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be discussed with a healthcare provider, and the potential risks and benefits should be considered. Keep out of reach of children at all times.

Possible side effects of benzonatate

Common side effects of benzonatate may include drowsiness, dizziness, headache, stuffy nose, constipation, hives, ingestion and upset stomach. Serious side effects are rare but may include allergic reactions. Promptly report any concerning symptoms of overdose to a healthcare professional and seek medical attention.

Interactions with other drugs

Benzonatate may have drug interactions with certain medications, including sedatives, muscle relaxers, opioid pain killers such as codeine, and medicine for depression. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs, over the counter treatments and supplements you are taking to avoid potential adverse events.

Similar drugs to benzonatate

Other medications used for the relief of cough may include cough suppressants such as dextromethorphan and guaifenesin.



Now Patient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information in this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

Stefano Mirabello Medical Reviewer
Pharmacist / B.Pharm
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