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(Guaifenesin)

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Mucinex
(Guaifenesin)

Mucinex D
(Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine)

Robitussin Dm
(Guaifenesin / Dextromethorphan)

Mucinex Dm
(Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin)

Mucinex Dm
(Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin)

Delsym
(Dextromethorphan)

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.Breaks up mucus and relieves congestion. Mucinex D (Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine) is good if you have a stuffy nose and a cough with mucus, but it could keep you up at night.Breaks up mucus and relieves cough. Robitussin Dm (Guaifenesin / Dextromethorphan) is okay for loosening congestion in your chest and throat, but it could prevent you from coughing the mucus up. You have to take it more often than other guaifenesin products.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.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.Relieves coughing. Delsym (Dextromethorphan) is a good option for treating dry cough. It's not safe to take with MAO inhibitors though.Coming soon.
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5.226057906458798Mucinex
Reviews for Mucinex (Guaifenesin)
78%
of people say Mucinex (Guaifenesin) is worth it
47%
say it works well
7%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Mucinex D (Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine)
76%
2% vs. Mucinex (Guaifenesin)
41%
6% vs. Mucinex (Guaifenesin)
7%
Same vs. Mucinex (Guaifenesin)
Reviews for Robitussin Dm (Guaifenesin / Dextromethorphan)
75%
3% vs. Mucinex (Guaifenesin)
37%
10% vs. Mucinex (Guaifenesin)
7%
Same vs. Mucinex (Guaifenesin)

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Reviews for Delsym (Dextromethorphan)
64%
14% vs. Mucinex (Guaifenesin)
31%
16% vs. Mucinex (Guaifenesin)
12%
5% vs. Mucinex (Guaifenesin)

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Side effects
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How it works
MucinexMucinex DRobitussin DMMucinex DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
Mucinex (Guaifenesin) is an expectorant. It contains guaifenesin, which thins and loosens mucus, making it easier to cough out.Mucinex D (Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine) is a combination medicine. Guaifenesin (an expectorant) breaks up and thins out mucus. Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) clears your sinuses.Robitussin Dm (Guaifenesin / Dextromethorphan) is a combination medicine. Guaifenesin is an expectorant that breaks up and thins out mucus. 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.Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) is a combination medicine. Guaifenesin is an expectorant that breaks up and thins out mucus. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant.Delsym (Dextromethorphan) is a cough suppressant.Coming soon.
Type of medication
MucinexMucinex DRobitussin DMMucinex DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
ExpectorantOver-the-counter
ExpectorantDecongestantOver-the-counter
ExpectorantCough suppressantOver-the-counter
Cough suppressantExpectorantOver-the-counter
Cough suppressantExpectorantOver-the-counter
Cough suppressantOver-the-counter
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Available as
MucinexMucinex DRobitussin DMMucinex DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
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  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
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  • Extended release
  • Liquid
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MucinexMucinex DRobitussin DMMucinex DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
  • Allergic rhinitis Anaphylaxis
Risk factors for serious side effects
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    Pregnancy category
    MucinexMucinex DRobitussin DMMucinex DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
    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)

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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.

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    NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

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    Alcohol
    • Mucinex (Guaifenesin) is alcohol- and sugar-free.
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    Upsides and benefits
    MucinexMucinex DRobitussin DMMucinex DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
    • 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.
    • Mucinex D (Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine) is a combination medicine that relieves multiple cold symptoms. It's good to use if you have sinus and chest congestion.
    • Helps loosen the mucus in your airways so that you can cough it up more easily.
    • Works well to clear nasal congestion and help you breathe better.
    • Robitussin Dm (Guaifenesin / Dextromethorphan) 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 and causes productive, wet coughs.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    Downsides and risks
    MucinexMucinex DRobitussin DMMucinex DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
    • 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.
    • Pseudoephedrine, the decongestant in Mucinex D (Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine), can make your heart race or make you feel anxious and restless.
    • Doesn't work as well if you use it for more than 4 days at a time.
    • Although you don't need a prescription to get Mucinex D (Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine), you need to show a photo ID to buy it in the drugstore.
    • Mucinex D (Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine) isn’t useful if you have a dry cough.
    • Robitussin Dm (Guaifenesin / Dextromethorphan) 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 Robitussin Dm (Guaifenesin / Dextromethorphan)) stops you from coughing.
    • Needs to be taken more often during the day than other products with guaifenesin, like Mucinex.
    • Can cause sleepiness, dizziness, and an upset stomach.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    MucinexMucinex DRobitussin DMMucinex DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
    • 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.
    • Mucinex (Guaifenesin) only works for coughs with mucus, so don't use it if you have a dry cough.
    • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take.
    • If your cough lasts more than 7 days, call your doctor.
    • Drink plenty of fluids while taking Mucinex D (Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine) because liquid helps break down mucus.
    • You need to show an ID to buy Mucinex D (Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine) in the drugstore because it contains pseudoephedrine.
    • Don't take Mucinex D (Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine) too close to bedtime since it can keep you awake.
    • Can cause an irregular or fast heartbeat, and can raise your blood pressure.
    • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than the recommended dose.
    • Drink plenty of fluids while taking Robitussin Dm (Guaifenesin / Dextromethorphan) 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.
    • 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.
    • Drink plenty of fluids while taking Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) because liquid helps break down mucus.
    • If your cough lasts more than 7 days, call your doctor.
    • 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.
    • Drink plenty of fluids while taking Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) because liquid helps break down mucus.
    • If your cough lasts more than 7 days, call your doctor.
    • 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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