Compare Mucinex vs. Mucinex DM

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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.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 902 reviewsforMucinex
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
Upsides
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
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Reviews
902 reviews so far
78%
saidit'sworth it
47%
saiditworked well
7%
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15 reviews so far
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Side effects
The Mucinex (Guaifenesin) 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 risk factors
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • Cough warning
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