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Mucinex (Definition)

Guaifenesin is a cough suppressant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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What are the possible side effects of Mucinex (guaifenesin) for congestion and how well does it work?

What are the possible side effects of Mucinex (guaifenesin) for congestion and how well does it work?

Drink water instead: Mucinex (guaifenesin) has few side effects, but you can get the same mucus thinning effect from drinking more water. Save the money and drink more water instead. ...Read more

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Does Mucinex (guaifenesin) work for chest congestion?

Does Mucinex (guaifenesin) work for chest congestion?

Thinning agent: Mucinex (guaifenesin) works as a thinning agent - meaning it helps to break of mucous so it is easier for the patient to cough up. ...Read more

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Will Mucinex (guaifenesin) work to get rid of sinusitis?

Will Mucinex (guaifenesin) work to get rid of sinusitis?

Not for infection.: Sinusitis is usually a bacterial infection, and while Mucinex (guaifenesin) may help the symptoms of such it wouldn't eradicate this on its own. If you just have allergies with congestion, Mucinex (guaifenesin) may be enough. ...Read more

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Is there anything besides Mucinex (guaifenesin) on the market that works as an expectorant? I have asthma - mucus is major issue for me. I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) twice a day

Is there anything besides Mucinex (guaifenesin) on the market that works as an expectorant? I have asthma - mucus is major issue for me. I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) twice a day

Oral Diphyl-G: Thick mucus has been a real problem for my patients with asthma. Mucus thinning medications such as Guaifenesin present in Mucinex (guaifenesin) and robutussin has been very beneficial. One other item which I prescribe to patients is a mixture of Dyphylline and Guaifenesin (difil-g) which I find very useful to bring the secretion up because of additional dilating effect on airway. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I have asthma and my chest feels very congested but I caint cough nothing up but my asthma is worse because of this would taking mucinex (guaifenesin) dm work?

I have asthma and my chest feels very congested but I caint cough nothing up but my asthma is worse because of this would taking mucinex (guaifenesin) dm work?

Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM is: Unlikely to help much. Are you using your prescribed inhalers? If not, you should start them. If you are and are still having difficulty, you should see your doctor so they can listen to your chest and also examine you for any other infection...so you can get the proper diagnoses and treatment. ...Read more

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Fluid in ears. Ent md recommended mucinex (guaifenesin). Took for 36hrs straight without improvement. Just not going to work?

Fluid in ears. Ent md recommended mucinex (guaifenesin). Took for 36hrs straight without improvement. Just not going to work?

Ear congestion rx: Mucinex (guaifenesin) is not as effective as other meds. If you have no contraindications such as hi bp or pregnancy, try an antihistamine plus phenylephrine.....such as Zyrtec plus D, or Claritin plus D. And chew gum as tolerated. This action helps eustacian tube drainage. Be patient. ...Read more

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Does codeine expire? My 4 year old son has been dealing with a scratchy throat all day and the Mucinex (guaifenesin) did not work today. We have some codeine that my older son used two years ago. Is it okay to administer a small dosage to our 4 year old?

Does codeine expire? My 4 year old son has been dealing with a scratchy throat all day and the Mucinex (guaifenesin) did not work today. We have some codeine that my older son used two years ago. Is it okay to administer a small dosage to our 4 year old?

You: You should not give your 4 year old son Codeine for two reasons:

- first of all, Codeine does have an expiration date. It the medication was given to you two years ago, then it is almost certainly expired. Almost all medications have an expiration date. You should go through your medicine cabinet every three months and discard any old, unused portions of prescription medications.

- second, it is never safe to share prescription medications unless specifically instructed to do so by your doctor. Codeine can be a good pain killer, but can be very dangerous in the wrong doses. Too large of a dose can cause someone to stop breathing. That why many medications are regulated via the prescription system - for safety - and should not be used unless specifically instructed to do so by your doctor.

The best (and safest) treatments for a sore throat are: lots of fluids, rest, hot tea with honey and lemon, chicken noodle soup, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for pain, and a spoonful of honey for a sore throat. Research shows that these home remedies are as effective and much safer than over the counter medications. If you are concerned about your son's illness, you should call his doctor to discuss the safest and most appropriate treatments. ...Read more

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Claritin D sleep works great to clear nighttime nasal congestion but now I'm awake and jittery due as side effect. Other options? (mucinex (guaifenesin) D)?

Claritin D sleep works great to clear nighttime nasal congestion but now I'm awake and jittery due as side effect. Other options? (mucinex (guaifenesin) D)?

Don't use "D": The "D" in many medications is causing your side effects of being awake and jittery. Please only use oral antihistamines without the "D" to help with nasal congestion - zyrtec, allegra, claritin. You can also try OTC nasal steroid sprays. ...Read more

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What works better for running nose, allergies? Allegra, Claritin, Zytrec, or Mucinex (guaifenesin)? Debating on which one to get. Fast and 24 hr relief is what am looking for.

What works better for running nose, allergies? Allegra, Claritin, Zytrec, or Mucinex (guaifenesin)? Debating on which one to get. Fast and 24 hr relief is what am looking for.

Allergy: True allergy should be treated with an antiallergy medication such as loratadine, fexofenadine or cetirizine. They are generally considered equivalent and you should use the one that works best for you. Mucinex (guaifenesin) is an expectorant and should not do much for allergy. ...Read more

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How does prednisone work to help with a cough? Congested nose, ears, chest. Mucinex (guaifenesin) caused me palpitations and got prescribed steroids instead

How does prednisone work to help with a cough? Congested nose, ears, chest. Mucinex (guaifenesin) caused me palpitations and got prescribed steroids instead

Anti-inflammatory: Steroids are an anti-inflammatory medication typically prescribed in active asthma. They would be prescribed if pt is wheezing or having difficulty breathing or having coughing fits that are attributed to airway inflammation. So this medication would decrease the inflammatory markers present in the airway that are causing leaking of the vessels and swelling of the airway. ...Read more

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Can I take mucinex sinus max and amid clav 875 together?

Can I take mucinex sinus max and amid clav 875 together?

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

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Can I give mucinex multi symptom cold to my one year old?

Can I give mucinex multi symptom cold to my one year old?

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

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I was told to take 2 nyquil tablets and 1 mucinex. Is this safe?

I was told to take 2 nyquil tablets and 1 mucinex. Is this safe?

Yes safe, but: Which nyquil? Read the labels carefully and don't exceed recommended dose for either, best wishes ...Read more

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Can mucinex (guaifenesin) 600mg be crushed?

No: Mucinex (guaifenesin) 600 mg is a long-acting form and must should be swallowed whole; it mustn’t chewed, broken, or crushed, as that will lead to an immediate dumping of the entire dose (too high of one) that is meant to be released slowly into your system over a series of hours. ...Read more

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Can you od on mucinex (guaifenesin)?

Can you od on mucinex (guaifenesin)?

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

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Is it okay to Mucinex (guaifenesin) if you have asthma?

Is it okay to Mucinex (guaifenesin) if you have asthma?

Yes: Use of this product is well tolerated by asthma patients and does not interfere with common asthma medications. ...Read more

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Can I take both Virtussin AC and Mucinex DM?

Can I take both Virtussin AC and Mucinex DM?

Yes, but: Be careful when using Virtussin AC as it contains codeine, don't exceed the prescribed dose and don't take it with CNS suppressants or alcohol, best wishes ...Read more

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Can u take Mucinex while on ambien (zolpidem)?

Can u take Mucinex while on ambien (zolpidem)?

Should be fine.: I can think of no reason why it should be a problem taking Mucinex while also taking Ambien (zolpidem) for insomnia. ...Read more

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Can I take mucinex d and aleve at the same time?

Can I take mucinex d and aleve at the same time?

Interactions?: 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

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Can you take 2 benadryls (diphenhydramine) and a Mucinex melt?

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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I took a 1200 mg mucinex pill at 8pm - would it be ok to have a beer at 11pm?

Yes: There are few significant side effects or problems with Mucinex. You can have a beer or two after taking it. Wouldn't recommend a case or anything. Keep it reasonable. One or two won't hurt anything. ...Read more

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If I took mucinex at 6 am this morning, will I be able to drink around 9 or 10 pm tonight?

If I took mucinex at 6 am this morning, will I be able to drink around 9 or 10 pm tonight?

Not a good: Idea. Firstly, when sick drinking alcohol is not good. Though it will be 14 hours after your last dose of Mucinex before you intend to drink reducing possible interaction with especially the Mucinex DM type that could have combined sedating effect. Enjoy your night minus Alcohol if possible ...Read more