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Dr. Walter Husar
215 Doctors shared insights

Robitussin (Overview)

Robitussin is a cough suppressant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common cold or symptom drug).


Dr. Michael DePietro Dr. DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
31 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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What is Robitussin (guaifenesin) pe?

What is Robitussin (guaifenesin) pe?

2 medicines: Its a combination of a medicine called Pseudoephedrine which is a decongestant that works by shrinking the blood vessels in the nose and an expectorant (guaifenesen) that aims to make mucous easier to cough up.

Dr. Walter Husar
215 Doctors shared insights

Robitussin (Overview)

Robitussin is a cough suppressant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common cold or symptom drug).


Dr. Gary Snead Dr. Snead
ADHD & Autism
30 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What is the difference between adult's and children's regular Robitussin (guaifenesin) syrup?

What is the difference between adult's and children's regular Robitussin (guaifenesin) syrup?

Strength: Children's products that are patterned after adult ones usually have less, often about half, of the amount of drug in a given volume. The goal is to decrease the chance of overdosing, while applying the assumption that children need less drug for effectiveness than does an adult.

Dr. William Walsh Dr. Walsh
Addiction Medicine
13 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Can Robitussin (guaifenesin) be prescribed for long-term use?

Can Robitussin (guaifenesin) be prescribed for long-term use?

No: I would avoid it in general except to help with sleep. If you have a cough that is not getting better, see your physician and find out why and treat the cause.

Dr. Allen Seely Dr. Seely
General Practice
27 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Is it safe to take prescribed Robitussin (guaifenesin) AC at 34 weeks gestation?

Catergory C but..: Robitussinac contains category c drugs: Codeine and guaifenesin. However, like other narcotics, Codeine rapidly crosses the placenta. Neonatal Codeine withdrawal has occurred even in infants whose mothers were taking Codeine at cough suppressant doses for as little as ten days prior to delivery. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Just plain robitussin or +dm is better. Get well soon.

Dr. Bernstein Joel Dr. Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
56 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can I use robitussin/guaifenesin to improve cervical mucus?

Can I use robitussin/guaifenesin to improve cervical mucus?

Very unlikely: These drugs are over the counter meds and are strictly used to thin the mucus of the upper respiratory tract. I do not believe Guaifenesin would have an effect on cervical mucus.

Dr. Alfredo Garcia Dr. Garcia
Pediatrics
52 years in practice
University of the City of Manila College of Medicine
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Can you make Robitussin-DM taste better by mixing it with other liquids and still be effective?

Robitusssin: Yes, you can. Make sure that you pour out the right amount of dose and mix it with the preferred flavoring and drink the entire concotion.

Dr. Vladimir Zuzukin Dr. Zuzukin
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Could you tell me what is the highest safe amount of Robitussin (guaifenesin) to take?

Could you tell me what is the highest safe amount of Robitussin (guaifenesin) to take?

Guaifenesin: The active ingredient in Robitussin and Mucinex is 'guaifenesin' which is recommended up to 2400 mg max dose per day in divided doses. However, it is an extremely safe medicine in general with few side effects and no well known toxicity. Robitussin usually contains other meds, like phenylephrine or dextromethorphan which have more toxicity. Plain guaifenesin is the safest drug in those mixtures.

Dr. Michael Zacharisen Dr. Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
29 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Dr. Peter Duic Dr. Duic
Emergency Medicine
5 years in practice
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Is it dangerous to take a lot of Robitussin-DM gel tabs?

Yes: You should only use this medication as directed on the package and only for 3-5 days. If your symptoms are not resolving within that time follow up with your pcp to ensure there is not something more serious going on. The dextromethorphan can be addictive.

Dr. Stevan Cordas Dr. Cordas
Internal Medicine
53 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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I am taking Suboxone and am ill so want to also take Robitussin (guaifenesin) nighttime. Are there any interactions I should be concerned about?

You can,: There is no drug interactions. However, suboxone is used to treat narcotic (opioid) dependence or addiction. If you use this medication during your treatment maintenance period as directed by your doctor, you should notified him/her immediately about any medication OTC, supplements or even vitamins. Please check your contract for more information. Respectfully.

Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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I have dosed pseudoephedrine hci, guaifenesin, and dextromethorphan hbr. I also took 2 10/650 vicodin. Is this safe I took about 3.5 fluid ounces of Robitussin cf, which is what contained all of the ingredients listed. Is this combination potentially harm

I have dosed pseudoephedrine hci, guaifenesin, and dextromethorphan hbr. I also took 2 10/650 vicodin. Is this safe I took about 3.5 fluid ounces of Robitussin cf, which is what contained all of the ingredients listed. Is this combination potentially harm

No: 3.5 ounces of Robitussin (guaifenesin) is an excessive dose in and of itself (usual dose is 15-30 ml, which is 1/2-1 oz). Combining this with 2 vicodin increases the chance of toxic effects. Follow instructions on otc medications if you want to use them safely, and tell the doctor prescribing the vicodin about your use of other medications with it.

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Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear Dr. Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Would it be a problem to mix Robitussin (guaifenesin) cough syrup and equate cough syrup together?

Would it be a problem to mix Robitussin (guaifenesin) cough syrup and equate cough syrup together?

Mixing meds: I would not advise it. If you are having to mix them or exceed the recommended dose for symptom relief then you should speak with your doctor.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What is the treatment for Robitussin (guaifenesin) overdose?

Dextromehorphan OD: Possible treatment for a dextromehorphan overdose includes intravenous fluids, use of activated charcoal, gastric lavage, a narcotic antagonist & respiratory support.

Dr. Scott Bolhack Dr. Bolhack
Wound care
31 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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How much Robitussin (guaifenesin) is safe to take on a daily basis?

Robitussin (guaifenesin): This medication is meant to be used on the short term. If you require the medication to suppress a cough all of the time, then you need to see a clinician to work up the cough immediately. A chronic cough can be a harbinger of something more serious.

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Michael DePietro Dr. DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
31 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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What is Robitussin (guaifenesin) pe?

2 medicines: Its a combination of a medicine called Pseudoephedrine which is a decongestant that works by shrinking the blood vessels in the nose and an expectorant (guaifenesen) that aims to make mucous easier to cough up.

Dr. Edwin Ishoo Dr. Ishoo
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Could Robitussin (guaifenesin) work when making lean?

Robitussin (guaifenesin): Are you asking us for recipe to make home made booze (lean)? I would suggest you seek mental health attention as it appears that you may have a serious addiction.

Dr. Edward Smith Dr. Smith
Neurology
50 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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How much Robitussin (guaifenesin) can you take in one day?

Read label: When all else fails, read the instructions--the product label has the answer, even if in small print.

Dr. William Walsh Dr. Walsh
Addiction Medicine
13 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Can Robitussin (guaifenesin) be prescribed for long-term use?

No: I would avoid it in general except to help with sleep. If you have a cough that is not getting better, see your physician and find out why and treat the cause.

Dr. Robert Cloutier
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