Compare Mucinex DM vs. Robitussin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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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.

3.9/ 5 average rating with 15 reviewsforMucinex DM
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.

Upsides
  • 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 (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.
Downsides
  • 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 (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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Liquid
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Reviews
15 reviews so far
73%
saidit'sworth it
73%
saiditworked well
13%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Mucinex Dm (Dextromethorphan / Guaifenesin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Robitussin (Guaifenesin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • Cough warning
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