Compare Unisom vs. Mucinex DM

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Unisom Sleeptabs (Doxylamine)

Prescription or OTC
Treats allergy symptoms and helps you sleep.

Unisom Sleeptabs (Doxylamine) can help you get a good night's sleep, but you can have a hard time waking up if you don't give yourself enough time to sleep.

4.5/ 7 average rating with 585 reviewsforUnisom
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.

5.4/ 7 average rating with 15 reviewsforMucinex DM
Upsides
  • Works well to help you fall asleep and doesn't make you feel groggy the next morning.
  • Has fewer side effects than prescription sleep aid medications.
  • Available over the counter without a prescription.
  • Not habit-forming like other sleep aids can be.
  • 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
  • Shouldn't be used unless you have a full night to sleep.
  • You shouldn't drive after taking Unisom Sleeptabs (Doxylamine) until you know how it affects you.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking Unisom Sleeptabs (Doxylamine) isn't recommended.
  • It can increase the risk of falls, so elderly people shouldn't use Unisom Sleeptabs (Doxylamine).
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
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Reviews
585 
58%
think this treatment is worth it
32%
think this treatment works well
11%
think this treatment is a hassle

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15 
73%
think this treatment is worth it
73%
think this treatment works well
13%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Unisom Sleeptabs (Doxylamine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Overdosage

    Using other drugs with similar ingredients

  • Increased side effects

    Age 65 years or older

  • Driving impairment

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Hyperactivity

    Children age 6 years or younger

  • Trouble urinating

    Enlarged prostate

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Vision changes

    Glaucoma

  • Breastfeeding

    Nursing mothers

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  • Serotonin syndrome

    Using other medications that affect serotonin

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