What is Mucinex?

Mucinex is th etrademark name for a drug known as guaifenesin. It is used to relieve the symptoms of cough and mucus in the chest due to colds, flu, or hay fever. Mucinex is an expectorant, that works by thinning mucus (phlegm) in the lungs and making it less sticky and easier to cough up. Patients taking Mucinex see an reduction in chest congestion because the medication allows them to cough more productively.

Mucinex can not be taken by all. Those who are pregnant or may become pregnant, breast feeding, are advised not to take Mucinex. There are many drug interactions with Mucinex, those taking prescription or other over the counter medications are advised to consult a Doctor before taking Mucinex. Smokers with chronic cough, asthma and other lung conditions are not advised to take Mucinex.

Mucinex Side Effects

Common side effects include:

  • dizziness
  • headache
  • a rash
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach upset

Serious side effects requiring medical attention include:

  • difficult breathing
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat

Mucinex Use

Mucinex works thinning the mucus, thus relieving symptoms of cough and mucus in the chest. It is recommended to be taken for colds, flu, or hay fever. Cough related to smoking and other lung conditions can not be treated by Mucinex, contacting a medical Doctor is advised. Mucinex is intended for short term use only.

Mucinex Dosage and Directions

Mucinex in tablet form can be taken by adults and children 12 years of age and over. Directions state that patient can safely consume 4 tablets in 24 hours, allowing 1 to 2 tablets every 12 hours. When taking Mucinex it is important to take with a full glass of water to ensure that the medication dissolves properly, making it into your system as quickly as possibly. Mucinex is not to be used in children under 12 years of age unless directed by a medical professional.