Medically Reviewed by Dr. Harshi Dhingra, M.D.

Last Reviewed: Jul 08, 2022


What is benzonatate (Tessalon) used for?

Benzonatate is used to treat dry cough. 

There may be other uses of benzonatate - your doctor or pharmacist can give you further drug information.

How does benzonatate (Tessalon) work?

Benzonatate works by numbing the throat and lung passages and suppressing the cough reflex.

What are benzonatate (Tessalon) doses? 

Benzonatate comes in dosage forms of liquid-filled capsules. It is available as a 100 mg capsule and 200 mg capsule. The usual dose is 100 mg or 200 mg three times a day as needed for cough. The total daily dose of benzonatate should not exceed 600 mg.

Common benzonatate doses include:

Oral capsule strength:  100 mg | 200 mg