The patent for brand-name Tessalon (benzonatate) has expired, and generic versions are currently available. These generic medications have been assigned an "AA" rating by the FDA, which means they are considered equivalent to the brand-name version. Both strengths of brand-name Tessalon come in different shapes. However, with generic Tessalon capsules, either strength can be spherical or oblong.
Tessalon® (benzonatate) is a prescription medication approved as a cough suppressant. It works by numbing certain receptors in the airways to stop coughing.
Brand-name Tessalon is made by Catalent Pharma Solutions for Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The patent for this medication has expired, and Tessalon is available in generic form.
Generic Tessalon is available in the following strengths:
Although brand-name Tessalon comes in spherical gel capsules for the 100-mg strength (known as Tessalon Perles) and oblong gel capsules for the 200-mg strength, generic versions may be spherical or oblong, regardless of the strength, depending on the particular manufacturer.
Generic Tessalon is made by various manufacturers, such as:
- Amneal Pharmaceuticals
- Ascend Laboratories, LLC
- Caraco Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.
- Inwood Laboratories, Inc.
- Major Pharmaceuticals
- Mallinckrodt, Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
- United Research Labs, Inc.
Is Generic Benzonatate as Good as Tessalon?
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AA" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All generic benzonatate tablets currently available have an "AA" rating, which means they should be equivalent to Tessalon.