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Tessalon Side Effects

Side Effects to Report

There are a number of side effects with Tessalon that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Numbing of the mouth or throat, which occurs if the capsules are sucked or chewed instead of swallowed whole and can lead to choking
  • Serious heart or blood vessel problems (such as a cardiac arrest), usually due to the anesthetic reaction when the capsules are sucked or chewed instead of swallowed whole
  • Numbness of the chest
  • Confusion or hallucinations
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • Unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling, wheezing, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
Swallowing the capsules whole probably greatly reduces the risk of many of these serious side effects. Never suck or chew the capsules. In addition, since Tessalon is chemically related to para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), people who are allergic to PABA may also have allergic reactions to Tessalon.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the Tessalon side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any adverse reactions while taking this drug. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While the issue may not be related to Tessalon, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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