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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I am 33 weeks pregnant. Is it safe to take Robitussin-DM max? I ave a runny nose and cough/congestion. When I cough the right side of my torso hurts.

I am 33 weeks pregnant. Is it safe to take Robitussin-DM max? I ave a runny nose and cough/congestion. When I cough the right side of my torso hurts.

No: Robitussin dm (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) contains alcohol, which while it is not in a large amount, can be significant if you are taking even recommended doses every 4 hours or so. There is no amount of alcohol considered safe in pregnancy, so I would ask your pharmacist for an alcohol-free cough medication safe in pregnancy. The other stuff in it are dextromethorphan and antihistamines. Your OB is your first/best advisor. ...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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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

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I've been coughing for a week. Chest feels tight and it's a frequent uncontrollable dry cough. Been taking Robitussin-DM to no avail. What to do?

I've been coughing for a week. Chest feels tight and it's a frequent uncontrollable dry cough. Been taking Robitussin-DM to no avail. What to do?

See a doctor: Any time you have chest tightness and a cough that doesn't improve with otc meds and time, you should check with your doctor. Secondary infections, asthma, or other lung diseases can be the cause. ...Read more

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My cough is getting better after two boxes of Robitussin-DM over 2 weeks but my chest feels tight. Proair doesn't help. Why?

My cough is getting better after two boxes of Robitussin-DM over 2 weeks but my chest feels tight. Proair doesn't help. Why?

Cough: Has a physician been following you with this condition? If you haven't been checked, an opinion from the web can't help. You should get checked by your dr. To be sure no additional problem if you haven't already. ...Read more

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I have experienced chest congestion for est 6 weeks now, have taken mucinex dm mucus is green in color. Pls advise?

I have experienced chest congestion for est 6 weeks now, have taken mucinex dm mucus is green in color. Pls advise?

See doctor: You should see a doctor, get an exam, likely need a chest X-ray and your doctor may consider antibiotics as 6 weeks is a long time. But start by seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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I had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

I had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

Yes and damage you: Drinking cough syrup is potentially damaging to your brain. It can cause lesions or boring holes called Olney lesions. Don't do it.

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What to do if I had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

What to do if I had 2 bottles of Robitussin-DM cough n cold peak cold for adults willl this get me high?

What to do is stop: Don't do this. The potential damage to your brain is irreversible. Dextromethorphan can cause boring holes known as Olney lesions in your brain. Bad idea. ...Read more

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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)?

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

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Benzonatate and Nyquil cough combined isn't working. Coughed until I vomited last night. Can I mix the Rx with Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan)? I don't know what to do?

Benzonatate and Nyquil cough combined isn't working. Coughed until I vomited last night. Can I mix the Rx with Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan)? I don't know what to do?

M.D. follow up: I would suggest not mixing the medications. If you have a severe cough, a work up to include a screening for Pertussis and Asthma is suggested. A nasal saline rinse helps to reduce post nasal drip and cough.
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Bronchitis? Been coughing very frequently for the past 2 weeks. Nose is not stuffy but cough has mucus. Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) makes it better. Why the cough?

Bronchitis? Been coughing very frequently for the past 2 weeks. Nose is not stuffy but cough has mucus. Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) makes it better. Why the cough?

Acute bronchitis?: If you're not short of breath, it would be unlikely (but possible) that it's bronchitis. This could be allergies, or pharyngitis, or sinusitis. The cough would come from irritation of inflammation of the pharynx. But you should be evaluated by a local doctor to determine which is truly going on and receive the appropriate treatment. ...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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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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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

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Guaifenesin And Dextromethorphan (Definition)

Guaifenesin|dextromethorphan is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Robitussin Dm (Definition)

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