Robitussin Alternatives

(Guaifenesin)

Alternatives

Compare Robitussin (Guaifenesin) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Robitussin (Guaifenesin) or used for similar purposes.

Robitussin
(Guaifenesin)

Mucinex
(Guaifenesin)

Mucinex D
(Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine)

Mucinex Dm
(Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin)

Robitussin Dm
(Guaifenesin / Dextromethorphan)

Mucinex Dm
(Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin)

Delsym
(Dextromethorphan)

Ala-Hist Ir
(Brompheniramine)

Breaks up mucus that causes cough. Robitussin (Guaifenesin) is a useful medicine for loosening congestion in your chest and throat, but it doesn't last as long as other guaifenesin products.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. 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. 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.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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Reviews for Mucinex
78%
+22% better vs. Robitussin
47%
-7% worse vs. Robitussin
7%
+7% better vs. Robitussin
902 reviews
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Reviews for Mucinex D
76%
+24% better vs. Robitussin
41%
-1% worse vs. Robitussin
7%
+7% better vs. Robitussin
1249 reviews
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Reviews for Mucinex DM
73%
+27% better vs. Robitussin
73%
-33% worse vs. Robitussin
13%
+13% better vs. Robitussin
Have you used Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin)?
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Reviews for Robitussin DM
75%
+25% better vs. Robitussin
37%
+3% better vs. Robitussin
7%
+7% better vs. Robitussin
724 reviews
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Reviews for Delsym
63%
+37% better vs. Robitussin
32%
+8% better vs. Robitussin
12%
+12% better vs. Robitussin
127 reviews
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Robitussin side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Mucinex D side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Mucinex DM side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Robitussin DM side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Mucinex DM side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Delsym side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Brompheniramine side effects.

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How it works
RobitussinMucinexMucinex DMucinex DMRobitussin DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
Robitussin (Guaifenesin) is an expectorant. It contains guaifenesin, which thins and loosens mucus, making it easier to cough out.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.Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) is a combination medicine. Guaifenesin is an expectorant that breaks up and thins out mucus. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant.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.Delsym (Dextromethorphan) is a cough suppressant.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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Over-the-counterLower-cost generic availableOver-the-counterLower-cost generic availableOver-the-counterLower-cost generic availableOver-the-counterLower-cost generic availableOver-the-counterLower-cost generic availableOver-the-counterLower-cost generic availableOver-the-counterLower-cost generic availableNo lower cost generic available
Available as
RobitussinMucinexMucinex DMucinex DMRobitussin DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid extended release
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
RobitussinMucinexMucinex DMucinex DMRobitussin DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
  • Allergic Rhinitis Anaphylaxis
Risk factors for serious side effects
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    Detailed Robitussin (Guaifenesin) risks & warnings »
      Detailed Mucinex (Guaifenesin) risks & warnings »
      • History of high blood pressure
      • History of heart problems
      • Age 65 years or older
      Detailed Mucinex D (Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine) risks & warnings »
      • Using other medications that affect serotonin
      Detailed Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) risks & warnings »
      • Using other medications that affect serotonin
      Detailed Robitussin Dm (Guaifenesin / Dextromethorphan) risks & warnings »
      • Using other medications that affect serotonin
      Detailed Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) risks & warnings »
      • Using other medications that affect serotonin
      Detailed Delsym (Dextromethorphan) risks & warnings »
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        Pregnancy

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        Alcohol
        RobitussinMucinexMucinex DMucinex DMRobitussin DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
        No alcohol related info.
        • Mucinex (Guaifenesin) is alcohol- and sugar-free.
        No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.
        Upsides and benefits
        RobitussinMucinexMucinex DMucinex DMRobitussin DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
        • Robitussin (Guaifenesin) reduces the thickness and amount of mucus in your throat and chest.
        • It’s available at the drugstore either by itself or in combination with other medications to treat cold and flu symptoms.
        • Available in multiple forms.
        • Can be used in children 12 years and older.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • 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
        RobitussinMucinexMucinex DMucinex DMRobitussin DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
        • Robitussin (Guaifenesin) doesn't last as long as other products that contain guaifenesin. Mucinex's extended release form lasts 12 hours and Robitussin (Guaifenesin)'s lasts 8 hours.
        • You need to drink a lot of fluids while taking this medication or it won't work as well.
        • Robitussin (Guaifenesin) isn’t useful if you have a dry cough.
        • Can cause nausea, headache, and an upset stomach.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • 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
        RobitussinMucinexMucinex DMucinex DMRobitussin DMMucinex DMDelsymBrompheniramine
        • Drink plenty of fluids while taking Robitussin (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.
        • Robitussin (Guaifenesin) only works for coughs with mucus, so don't use it if you have a dry cough.
        • 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.
        • Drink plenty of fluids while taking Mucinex D (Guaifenesin / Pseudoephedrine) because liquid helps break down mucus.
        • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than the recommended dose.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • If your cough lasts more than 7 days, call your doctor.
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