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What are the side effects of Robitussin (guaifenesin) for cough & chest congestion?

What are the side effects of Robitussin (guaifenesin) for cough & chest congestion?

Symptom control: Do not give these products to children younger than 4 years of age as they can cause problems. Guaifenesin is used to relieve chest congestion . Guaifenesin may help control symptoms but does not treat the cause of symptoms or speed recovery. Guaifenesin may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:headache, nausea, vomiting. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Cloutier
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Guaifenesin (Definition)

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


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Is Robitussin (guaifenesin) cough chest congestion dm safe during pregnancy?

Is Robitussin (guaifenesin) cough chest congestion dm safe during pregnancy?

No: In first and 2nd trimester no medicine is safe better not even in 3rd trimester. ...Read more

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Is Mucinex (guaifenesin) just for chest congestion?

Is Mucinex (guaifenesin) just for chest congestion?

No: We use it to thin secretions in the nose and throat, and make it easier to cough thick secretions up. ...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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Mucinex (guaifenesin) not helping chest congestion sounds like i'm snoring when i breath clears with deep coughs then comes back after few min.

Mucinex (guaifenesin) not helping chest congestion sounds like i'm snoring when i breath clears with deep coughs then comes back after few min.

Chest xray and ov: You need to get a chest xray and an office vist, to differentiate between pneumonia and bronchitis. Your doctor also may want to put you on antibiotics for a short course. ...Read more

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I've been running a fever and suffering from chest congestion for the last couple of days. Mucinex (guaifenesin) doesn't seem to be effective. Any suggestions?

I've been running a fever and suffering from chest congestion for the last couple of days. Mucinex (guaifenesin) doesn't seem to be effective. Any suggestions?

Go to the doctor: You might have a pneumonia and need antibiotic treatment. You also might have the flu or other viral infection and then will need to treat the symptoms and support your immune system till you recover. ...Read more

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If my child is 10 months old, how much Mucinex (guaifenesin) should I give him for chest congestion with no fever?

If my child is 10 months old, how much Mucinex (guaifenesin) should I give him for chest congestion with no fever?

Cough medicines: It is recommended not to give cold or cough medicines to infants and children less than 6 years old because they are ineffective in what they are supposed to help. Maintaining good hydration and providing good humidification either in the air or in the nose are all you need. ...Read more

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I have asthma, went from not having to use inhaler at all to atleast 3 times a day, reoccurring chest congestion, allergic to mucinex, (guaifenesin) any suggestions?

I have asthma, went from not having to use inhaler at all to atleast 3 times a day, reoccurring chest congestion, allergic to mucinex, (guaifenesin) any suggestions?

See doc ASAP: This means that your asthma is getting out of control (when you need to use inhaler more than 2x/wk). See your doctor to get a controller medication before you end up in the hospital. ...Read more

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What is/are the best OTC medication/s for nasal and chest congestion?

What is/are the best OTC medication/s for nasal and chest congestion?

Pharmacist: We cannot recommend specific products, but there are numerous ones available. Your friendly pharmacist will help you out. Hope this clears up soon. ...Read more

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Had chest congestion 2 weeks ago & dont know that its gone or not. During the 5 day medication got cough & cold. I can feel cough in my chest ?

Had chest congestion 2 weeks ago & dont know that its gone or not. During the 5 day medication got cough & cold. I can feel cough in my chest ?

ACUTE BRONCHITIS: Your symptoms are consistent with acute bronchitis . You need to be reevaluated labs and CXR done to rule out pneumonia. You will probably need a different course of antibiotics and a nebulizer to give deeper penetration for medication Please get evaluated promptly! If wheezing progressive a course of steroids may be tried ...Read more

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Can I use the vapor steam liquid medication inside the warm steam vaporizer to clear my 5 month old chest congestion? Or should I use plain water.

Can I use the vapor steam liquid medication inside the warm steam vaporizer to clear my 5 month old chest congestion? Or should I use plain water.

Plain: If it stinks/has any odor, it is actually irritating to babies airway and potentially harmful.Plain water produces a moistening steam that soothes the airway. ...Read more

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Bought some Mucinex dm today for cough and chest congestion. I also take 20mg of Lexapro (escitalopram). Drugs dot com says major interactions. Uhhhh? Can I take?

Bought some Mucinex dm today for cough and chest congestion. I also take 20mg of Lexapro (escitalopram). Drugs dot com says major interactions.  Uhhhh? Can I take?

Ask pharmacist or Dr: This is very troubling indeed. And everything I've read supports what you found. Don't risk a potentially life-threatening interaction but do try to find an alternative to Lexapro (escitalopram) w/ your doctor. It's not the guaifenesin part, so you could take Mucinex pills and gargle w/ salt water for throat pain and drink honey-lemon-tea-(bit of bourbon). Sorry, but you actually may find this to work better! ...Read more

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Should i see a doctor for my illness? Chest cough, congestion, headaches, bodyaches. Treating with Advil (ibuprofen) and robitussin. Drinking lots of water. Thanks,

Should i see a doctor for my illness? Chest cough, congestion, headaches, bodyaches.  Treating with Advil (ibuprofen) and robitussin.  Drinking lots of water.
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If : If you are getting worse or are not seeing any improvement after 3-4 days, then you should see your doctor to make sure it's not something more concerning than a viral cold or flu. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have chest congestion. Took Robitussin dm (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan). I have been coughing up mucous. My right arm feels tight. Is that normal? Also I have head pressure.

I have chest congestion. Took Robitussin dm (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan). I have been coughing up mucous.  My right arm feels tight. Is that normal? Also I have head pressure.

Cannot diagnose: Sounds as if you should go and see a doctor and have this fully evaluated. This cannot be done over the internet, but you are sufficiently ill to warrant a detailed exam and perhaps some imaging studies and tests. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Robitussin Cough + Chest Congestion DM while on Lexapro, (escitalopram) Synthroid, Zyrtec, Dymista Nasal Spray & Albuterol nebulizer?

Is it safe to take Robitussin Cough + Chest Congestion DM while on Lexapro, (escitalopram) Synthroid, Zyrtec, Dymista Nasal Spray & Albuterol nebulizer?

Many meds: At your age (or anyone else for that matter) taking five medicines and wanting another one is not smart unless your doctor has told what medical problems you have.
Having said that, if your doctor did prescribe those meds, over time the meds should be reduced.
Please let me know what develops. ...Read more

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What can someone do for chest congestion?

What can someone do for chest congestion?

Chest congestion: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. lemon juice & 1 tsp. honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC for chest congestion in adults. ?

What is the best OTC for chest congestion in adults. ?

Need to see Doc : Chest congestion may have different causes, it could be cold, viral infections, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia or fluids from heart trouble. If symptoms persists need to see a doc, and possibly a chest radiograph to make sure there is no fluid in lungs. Hence, treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Wright
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Robitussin (Definition)

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


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