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Mucinex
(Guaifenesin)

Ala-Hist Ir
(Brompheniramine)

Breaks up mucus that causes cough. Mucinex (Guaifenesin) is a useful medicine for loosening congestion in your chest and throat, and it lasts longer than other guaifenesin products.Coming soon.
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5.226057906458798Mucinex
Reviews for Mucinex (Guaifenesin)
78%
of people (All ages) say Mucinex (Guaifenesin) is worth it
47%
say it works well
7%
say it's a big hassle
898 reviews
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Side effects
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How it works
MucinexBrompheniramine
Mucinex (Guaifenesin) is an expectorant. It contains guaifenesin, which thins and loosens mucus, making it easier to cough out.Coming soon.
Type of medication
MucinexBrompheniramine
ExpectorantOver-the-counter
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Available as
MucinexBrompheniramine
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Allergic rhinitis Anaphylaxis
Risk factors for serious side effects
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    Detailed Mucinex (Guaifenesin) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    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.

    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.

    Alcohol
    MucinexBrompheniramine
    • Mucinex (Guaifenesin) is alcohol- and sugar-free.
    No alcohol related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    MucinexBrompheniramine
    • Mucinex (Guaifenesin) reduces the thickness and amount of mucus in your throat and chest.
    • Lasts longer than some other products that contain guaifenesin, such as Robitussin, because it's an extended-release form.
    • It’s available at the drugstore either by itself or in combination with other medications to treat cold and flu symptoms.
    • Available in liquid and tablet forms.
    • Mucinex (Guaifenesin) is alcohol- and sugar-free.
    Coming soon
    Downsides and risks
    MucinexBrompheniramine
    • Mucinex (Guaifenesin) is more expensive than other medications that treat congestion.
    • You need to drink a lot of fluids while taking this medication or it won't work as well.
    • Mucinex (Guaifenesin) isn’t useful if you have a dry cough.
    • Can cause nausea, headache, and an upset stomach.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    MucinexBrompheniramine
    • Drink plenty of fluids while taking Mucinex (Guaifenesin) because liquid helps break down mucus.
    • Steam from a humidifier, cool mist vaporizer, or hot shower can also help add moisture to your airways.
    • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take.
    • If your cough lasts more than 7 days, call your doctor.
    • Mucinex (Guaifenesin) only works for coughs with mucus, so don't use it if you have a dry cough.
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