) is a prescription cough medication. It is used to suppress coughing.
Brand-name Tessalon is made by Catalent Pharma Solutions for Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Generic versions are made by various manufacturers.
What Are Tessalon Perles?
is the name given to the 100-mg strength of Tessalon liquid-filled gel capsules. They are distinctive for their spherical shape, which makes them easy to lose, since they roll off countertops easily. The 200-mg strength is not spherical. Generic versions of either strength may or may not be spherical, depending on the particular manufacturer.
Tessalon works directly at the lungs and respiratory passages. It probably works as an anesthetic, essentially numbing certain receptors (known as "stretch" receptors) in the lungs and respiratory passages.
When and How Do I Take It?
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Tessalon include the following:
- Tessalon comes in liquid-filled gel capsules. It is usually taken by mouth three times daily.
- You can take this medicine with or without food.
- Make sure to swallow this medication whole; never chew or suck the capsules. Doing so could cause serious reactions.
- For Tessalon to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.