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Does Mucinex Dry You Out
It's been 3 weeks since I was diagnosed with bronchitis and I still have dry cough (though much much better). Taking mucinex (guaifenesin)...Anything else to do?
Is it harmful to take Mucinex (guaifenesin) if I have little mucus amount or is it safe even if there's not too much? & is it still safe if used with a dry cough?
My daughter has a very dry cough. Today is day 5. No fever. We've been giving her children's mucinex (guaifenesin). But the cough has progressively gone worse...
Cough: Progressively worsening cough, even with no fever, would be a good reason to see your pediatrician. A complete examination and a detailed cough history would help to make a proper diagnosis and provide treatment as needed. Is the cough consistent? Worse at certain times of day? Anything help cough or make cough worse? Many times cough does not actually come from a problem in the lungs. ...Read more
Will Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm make me sleepy. I have this horrible dry cough from a summer cold and it is hurting my chest. Coughing nonstop. Hard to take deep brea?
Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm vs. Robitussin dm? I've got a very bad, "dry" cough and lots of "wheezing" the Robitussin has done nothing! Should I try the mucinex (guaifenesin)?
Cough: Robitussin dm (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) and Mucinex dm have same chemicals- dextromethorphan and guaifenesin. Dextromethorphan is cough suppressant and Guaifenesin is cough expectorant. You just will be switching the brand. Wheezing is large airway obstruction problem. See your doctor. ...Read more
My ent thinks mucus is blocking my parotid duct. He got me on mucinex (guaifenesin) but says I got no mass which is good can allergies be that bad? Told him dry mou
Zyrtec (cetirizine)?: It could be a negative side effect of the antihistamine (although second generation meds such as Zyrtec are far less drying than first generation meds). Mucinex (guaifenesin) unlikely to improve symptoms. Recommend seeing an Allergist/Immunologist to ensure your medication regimen is optimized. If the parotid gland is blocked, my first suggestion is to eat something sour (lemon wedge) and see if that helps. ...Read more
Can Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm be used for a person with asthma with mucus in throat...And a cough dry and productive?
Not preferably: I never like to use medicine that has dm in it for my asthma patients. This suppresses cough and can have deleterious effects such as increased chance of lower airway infection by causing the mucus to get stuck there. I prefer an expectorant to keep the cough loose, giving you the ability to get it up and out of the airway. ...Read more
Have clear nasal drainage, some cough for over week. Take Benicar and norvasc. Tried Mucinex (guaifenesin) but caused BP to elevate. What can I take to dry up?
Cough for almost 2 months now. Saw 2 doctors for it about month ago - told lungs sound clear. Had a chest xray & CT scan of chest (~2 wks ago)- came back clear w/ "perfect lungs". cough dry w/ very little clear mucus. Taking mucinex DM - helps.
Many causes: Did you get a lung function test done also since cough-variant asthma may be the cause for your cough. Did you have a viral infection prior to the onset of the cough? If so, this cough may rarely linger on for up to 3 months. Nasal discharge from allergic rhinitis and/or sinusitis may cause a cough also. Consider seeing an allergist. ...Read more
I have had a sinus congestion problem for almost 2 weeks. Been using Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm. No runny nose. Now extreme dry mouth the last two days. Infection?
Mouth-breathing.: Since Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm does nothing on the nasal congestion, your dry mouth is likely from mouth-breathing. Try a nasal decongestant and see if this may help (mucinex (guaifenesin) d?). If not, see your doctor to make sure that you don't have a sinus infection. ...Read more
Can dry mouth cause swelling of parotid gland? I changed blood pressure meds that helped ent has me taking mucinex (guaifenesin) and nasal saline 3 times a day
Needs evaluation!!: Ask your MD about 'Sjogren's Syndrome'... especially if you have any existing auto-immune problems. Stay Well! -) ...Read more
I have severe congestion, sneezing, runny nose, awful dry sometimes yellow mucus cough, my mucus from my nose is clear. I took allegra, did not help at all. I cant decide if its allergies or a sinus infection/cold. Its been 3 days. Should I take mucinex c
Infection?: Try a different antihistamine, like Benadryl (diphenhydramine). If 25-50 mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) makes no difference, then it is not likely that your symptoms are due to allergies. There is no good evidence that mucinex is much help and it is expensive and has its own side effects, and I never recommend it. Avoid fragrances and aerosols while sick (add to irritation of respiratory tract). See MD if no better in 2-3 days. ...Read more
What for?: What are you trying to treat? It generally is not a good idea to take multiple medications, including over the counter ones. ...Read more
No: Cold preparations are not recommended under 6 years. Refer to AAP and CPS sites for parents. Gentle saline and suctioning is safe. A cool room and extra humidity may help. All the best. ...Read more
Yes safe, but: Which nyquil? Read the labels carefully and don't exceed recommended dose for either, best wishes ...Read more
No: You should be fine. That is the max dosage recommended per day. I just wouldn't take any more today. ...Read more
Not a problem: This will cause no harm. Continue your regular dose tomorrow. ...Read more
No, and why are you: Asking? If you are trying to OD, you need to contact your doctor immediately, call a suicide hotline and get help. Mucinex (guaifenesin) itself is just guanifenisin, which doesn't really have any toxicity even in high doses. However, there are versions of the medication that have antihistamines, decongestants and dextromethorphan, and all of these in higher doses can cause problems, although rarely serious. ...Read more
Yes, this is a common combination for treatment of cold symptoms. You might prefer to take with food to minimize nausea, particularly the Aleve. You could also take an hour or so apart if taking all that medicine at once causes nausea.
Feel better soon. ...Read more
Yes, if adult: Assuming the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is 25mg per capsule, it is ok to take 2 with plain Mucinex for relief of cold symptoms with thick mucus drainage for adults. Realize that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may cause sedation and should not be used if the individual will be driving or operating machinery. ...Read more
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