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Can I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) for sinusitis? If not is there any other over-the-counter medicine alternative to clindomycin?

Can I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) for sinusitis? If not is there any other over-the-counter medicine alternative to clindomycin?

They're different.: Clindamycin is an antibiotic that is not commonly used for initial treatment of sinusitis. Mucinex (guaifenesin) is a medication that may help you because it loosens thick mucus. Also try a decongestant like pseudoephedrine (e.g., Sudafed) and saline sinus rinses for best results. It is not recommended to start antibiotics for sinusitis unless not improving after 7 days. ...Read more

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


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I have a cold and i've lost my sense of taste and smell. Is there any over-the-counter medication i can take that's not to expensive like mucinex (guaifenesin)?

I have a cold and i've lost my sense of taste and smell.  Is there any over-the-counter medication i can take that's not to expensive like mucinex (guaifenesin)?

Depends: If you just lost your ability to smell/taste in the past day or so, use oxymetazoline (afrin) 1 spray each nostril 3x a day followed 10 minutes later by using nasal saline irrigations (sinus rinse or neti poti). Only use the afrin for up to 3 days, saline can be used indefinitely. If your sense of smell is not back in the next 3 days, get checked out. ...Read more

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What else can i take over the counter to get some relief from bronchitis, i got mucinex and doctor prescribed me z pak what else taking lexapro (escitalopram) too?

What else  can i take over the counter to get some relief from bronchitis, i got mucinex and doctor prescribed me z pak what else taking lexapro (escitalopram) too?

Bronchitis: I understand your desire to get relief from Bronchitis possibly due to symptoms of cough, sputum , chest discomfort, shortness of breath, or fever which have been uncomfortable. Do not take Lexapro (escitalopram) as it is NOT for Bronchitis. As Z Pak has not helped at this time, please go to Urgent Care. Your Health is Precious! ...Read more

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What's the best OTC remedy for post nasal drip and cough? I tried Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM and it did very little to help my coughing and throat "tickle" sensation.

What's the best OTC remedy for post nasal drip and cough? I tried Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM and it did very little to help my coughing and throat "tickle" sensation.

Depends: If the cough is from post-nasal drips, it may respond to OTC nasal steroid (takes a few days). It is from sinusitis, you may need a Rx antibiotic. If from asthma, you will need a Rx controller drug for asthma. Each condition requires difficult treatment and thus a diagnosis is needed. ...Read more

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I have aslight pressure and irritation on my rt eye, temple and side of my head. Which OTC should I use Mucinex (guaifenesin) or sudafed can it be sinus or allerg?

I have aslight pressure and irritation on my rt eye,  temple and side of my head.  Which OTC should I use Mucinex (guaifenesin) or sudafed can it be sinus or allerg?

Could be: Persistent sneezing, itchy/runny nose, itchy watery eyes, ear fullness/itching are all common chronic symptoms of environmental allergy. Sinus pressure that results from congestion and mucus build-up can cause this time of headache. Mucinex (guaifenesin) D, hydration, sinus saline irrigation can improve symptoms in short term. Work with a physician to identify cause (allergic vs nonallergic) for long term fix ...Read more

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Can i take antibiotics and cold medicine at the same time? I'm taking antibiotics for an ear infection, but have just come down with a really bad chest cold. Can i take OTC cold medicine, like Mucinex (guaifenesin) at the same time? #nqlu

Can i take antibiotics and cold medicine at the same time? I'm taking antibiotics for an ear infection, but have just come down with a really bad chest cold. Can i take OTC cold medicine, like Mucinex (guaifenesin) at the same time? #nqlu

Mucinex (guaifenesin) : Mucinex (guaifenesin) is compatible with all antibiotics. Keep in mind that cold medications can only improve symptoms temporarily and do not actively fight respiratory infections. Some cold medicines, like antihistamnes, may actually delay the improvement in a cold. If your symptoms are worsening or extending to a new area you should be sure to contact your doctor to keep him/her aware of your change in status. ...Read more