Compare Delsym vs. Mucinex DM

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Delsym
(Dextromethorphan)

Mucinex Dm
(Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin)

Relieves coughing. Delsym (Dextromethorphan) is a good option for treating dry cough. It's not safe to take with MAO inhibitors though.Breaks up mucus and relieves cough. Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) is okay for loosening congestion in your chest and throat, but it could prevent you from coughing the mucus up. It comes as an extended-release tablet and a short-acting liquid.
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Reviews for Delsym (Dextromethorphan)
64%
of people say Delsym (Dextromethorphan) is worth it
31%
say it works well
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Side effects
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How it works
DelsymMucinex DM
Delsym (Dextromethorphan) is a cough suppressant.Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) is a combination medicine. Guaifenesin is an expectorant that breaks up and thins out mucus. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant.
Type of medication
DelsymMucinex DM
Cough suppressantOver-the-counter
Cough suppressantExpectorantOver-the-counter
Available as
DelsymMucinex DM
  • Pill
  • Liquid extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
DelsymMucinex DM
Risk factors for serious side effects
DelsymMucinex DM
  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
Detailed Delsym (Dextromethorphan) risks & warnings »
    • Using other medications that affect serotonin
      Detailed Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy category
      DelsymMucinex DM
      NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

      The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

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      NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

      The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
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      Food
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      Kidneys and liver
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      Sex
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      Sleep
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      Upsides and benefits
      DelsymMucinex DM
      • Good for treating dry cough.
      • Available in drugstores either by itself or in combination with other medications to treat cold and allergy symptoms.
      • Available as a liquid and a tablet.
      • Some products relieve cough for up to 12 hours.
      • Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) is a combination medicine that relieves multiple cold symptoms. It's good to use if you have chest congestion and a cough.
      • Helps loosen the mucus and phlegm that builds up in productive and wet coughs.
      • The extended release version of Mucinex DM lasts up to 12 hours.
      Downsides and risks
      DelsymMucinex DM
      • Can't take dextromethorphan if you're taking MAO inhibitors (drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease, depression, and other emotional conditions). If taken together, they will cause dangerously high blood pressure levels.
      • If you're taking this in combination with other cold and allergy medications, you should read labels closely to make sure you're not accidentally taking too much of a single ingredient.
      • Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) isn’t useful if you have a dry cough without mucus or phlegm.
      • The two medications in this product could potentially work against each other. Guaifenesin makes mucus easier to cough up, while dextromethorphan (the "DM" in Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin)) stops you from coughing.
      • Can cause sleepiness, dizziness, and an upset stomach.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      DelsymMucinex DM
      • Cough suppressant starts working in 15 to 30 minutes.
      • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than the recommended dose.
      • If your cough lasts more than 7 days, call your doctor.
      • Drink plenty of fluids while taking Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) because liquid helps break down mucus.
      • Cough suppressant starts working in 15 to 30 minutes.
      • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than the recommended dose.
      • If your cough lasts more than 7 days, call your doctor.
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