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Tessalon (Benzonatate)and/or alternatives
General Information on Tessalon
The generic name of Tessalon is benzonatate, which is a cough suppressant or a non-opioid oral antitussive. It is prescribed for providing relief from cough, and you can buy Tessalon online with or without a prescription. Tessalon numbs the lungs and throat and thus makes the cough reflex less active. It is often used for reducing coughing aggravated by different medical conditions like emphysema, pneumonia, influenza, and bronchitis. Some doctors also recommend Tessalon as a topical anesthetic for pharyngeal or mouth pain.
Side effects of Tessalon
Tessalon has a few side effects, but it is not necessary that all patients will suffer from them. The most common side effects of Tessalon include drowsiness, dizziness, headache, constipation, nausea, nasal congestion, and upset stomach. Tessalon can bring about allergic reactions in some patients and the symptoms include difficulty breathing, rashes, tightness in the chest, hives, swelling of the face, and swelling of the lips and mouth.
Tessalon can cause severe side effects in rare cases, and it is recommended that you report the symptoms to your doctor immediately if you experience them. Some patients may suffer from nervous system disturbances, the symptoms of which can vary from mild headaches to mental confusion, hallucinations, bizarre behavior, and even seizures. Hypersensitivity has been reported by several patients who were administered Tessalon. These include serious symptoms like cardiovascular collapse, bronchospasms, and laryngospasms. Pruritus and skin eruptions have also been known to develop due to the administration of benzonatate.
One of the first and foremost precautions is to check the expiry date on the label before you buy Tessalon. You need to inform your doctor if you are allergic to any ingredient of Tessalon or any other anesthetic agent like tetracaine and procaine. If you have any allergies and are taking some medication for treating them, you are advised not to buy Tessalon as it can aggravate the allergic reaction. Do not consume alcoholic beverages during Tessalon treatment, and try to avoid driving or handling heavy machinery or equipment right after taking a dose, as doing so can cause grave injuries due to the drug’s side effect of dizziness or drowsiness. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are breastfeeding before you start taking this medication so as to avoid any harm to an unborn or nursing child.
Tessalon is available in Tessalon 100mg and Tessalon 200mg strengths. The standard dose for adults and children over 10 years of age is one Tessalon 100mg capsule to be taken thrice a day. The capsule has to be swallowed whole, and you should take it with a glass of water. The maximum dose that can be given to a patient is Tessalon 600mg or three capsules of Tessalon 200mg a day.
Tessalon is not known to have any interactions with other medicines, but most doctors would recommend that patients not take any other drugs for cough or allergies during the full course of Tessalon treatment.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.