Teflon Pearls

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for ear and throat congestion

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Verwon Says:

They are actually called Tessalon Perles and they contain the active ingredient Benzonatate. THEY DO NOT TREAT CONGESTION! This is a type of topical anisthetic that helps prevent cough .

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Dr Joey Says:

You're correct. IT WORKS, TOO! One of my Allergist friends who literally grew up in a drugstore (his Dad owned the neighborhood pharmacy "back in the day"swears by them and, like me, he is not afraid to write for Controlled Substances when necessary. This doc is the only physician (other than my dermatologist) I know who orders "extemporaneous" prescriptions. (About 15 years ago, I had a bad case of Asthmatic Bronchitis; in addition to the antibiotic — which I chose because I take Coumadin and know more than he does about interactions — he wrote for a cough syrup that contained Albuterol (Proventil), Prelone (prednisolone sodium, the "liquid version" of prednisone, Tussi-Organidin (no longer on the market) and Hycodan (hydrocodone) Syrup. Granted, I think I had to take two or maybe even three tablespoonsful at a time to get the desired doses of each med, but I was really impressed and the stuff really worked. Fortunately, "compounding" an Rx like this is. It isn't unusual or even a bad idea for docs to treat themselves for minor ailments provided they know their limitations and not involving Controlled Substances. I had bronchitis last month and wrote the Rx myself for Ceftin 500mg, but I remembered Dr. Bob and his Perles and wrote for 6 of those as well.

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