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80 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2005
Woke up a couple weeks back with what I thought was just the beginning of a bad cold; you know the symptoms - stuffy nose/sinuses full of 'gunk' and a persistant cough... didnt actually feel 'sick', but knew something was 'brewing'. I've seen the commercials for Mucinex that have been running lately, so, before I went to work that morning I stopped & picked a box up. I took 2 every 12 hours for about a week, and, I have to admit,this stuff really does work; My cough eased up A LOT, especially at night when it seemed to be at its worst, and, all of the 'gunk' in my sinuses really 'thinned out'. Needless to say, though, I did end up going to the doctor since the symptoms were still there. (hey, I'm a typical guy, and its true- we never like to admit we're sick - even though we are.) After listening to my chest & checking me out, he told me that I had Bronchitis, BUT, that taking the Mucinex daily had kept it from being/getting MUCH worse - he also told me to KEEP taking it until I was better - which I have. ( * A Note - I had Bronchitis about 4 years ago & it was GOD AWFUL - that's why I'm convinced that the Mucinex does work; I never once felt really 'bad/awful' this time & like I said, and my doctor confirmed, it was probably from taking this stuff on a regular/continual basis - NEEDLESS TO SAY, THOUGH!, If your symptoms DONT go away, GO AND SEE A DOCTOR!
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211 of 243 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 29, 2005
There are so many cough formulas on the market that it is easy to get confused on what to buy. Here is a guide:

Cough medicines are categorized as EXPECTORANTS or SUPPRESSANTS, each may be sold separately or in combination medications, like this one. They're also found in cold formulas that include pain relievers (analgesics such as acetaminophen (Tylenol)), decongestants (pseudoephedrine), and antihistamines (diphenhydramine).

This product has a cough suppressant (dextromethorphan), combined with an expectorant (Guaifenesin). The purpose of an expectorant is to loosen phlem so that it can be coughed up and out. Take an expectorant with a full glass of water, as water is an excellent expectorant. Also, drink plenty of fluids if you are congested. Hot liquids, such as chicken soup, tea and honey--work especially well. Breathing humidified air also moistens and soothes irritated airways, and loosens mucous.

A cough SUPPRESSANT works by calming the cough reflex in the brain. While it's not wise to stop a cough that produces colored phlegm (colored phlegm has bacteria in it), suppressants can relieve a dry, hacking unproductive cough. Suppressants are also helpful when you're exhausted from coughing and need to sleep. DEXTRMETHORPHAN (DM) is the most common active ingredient in nonprescription suppressants. Dextromethorphan has come under attack as not being effective in suppressing coughs. There is research on both sides of the issue, some that support it and others that recommend avoiding dextromethorphan. I personally have not found it effective in suppressing my coughs. Perhaps the very best cough suppressant is one which contains codeine. Codeine can be helpful as a nighttime cough remedy because it has a slight sedative effect on the central nervous system. It is available by prescription only.

Something to consider... since so many manufacturers now combine cough medicines with many other medicines, such as Tylenol for pain, a nasal decongestant, and/or an anti-histamine, I think it is wise to select a cough medicine that has ONLY the ingredients that are appropriate for your symptoms. That way you're not wasting your money on unnecessary ingredients, you spare yourself unnecessary side effects, and you're getting only the medication that your body needs.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2009
My wife suggested Mucinex after I developed a post-flu cough that kept me up at night. This stuff allowed me to sleep. Then I ran out of it and went to the store to get some more, but it is expensive, so I bought some cough syrup instead with the same active ingredients--dextromethorphan and guaifenesin. Well, I just compared the potency of the Mucinex with the cough syrup. 12-hour Mucinex has 60mg dextromethorphan and 1200 mg guaifenesin per tablet; the 4-hour cough syrup only has 10mg dextromethorphan and 100 mg guaifenesin per 2 tsp dose. In other words, the Mucinex has six times the dextromethorphan and 12 times the guaifenesin as the cough syrup. Even adjusting for the time difference (12 hours for Mucinex and 4 hours for the cough syrup), the Mucinex is much more powerful. No wonder it works. I don't know how they get away with packing such a punch in the Mucinex.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2009
I'm not one for taking meds/pills at the slightest sign of a cold. In fact, I usually try to tough it out. However, last year, I had a bad cold that just would not quit. The worst part was my cough and the congestion I felt both in my throat and in my sinuses and nose. Just about all other symptoms went away except for this. So, I decided I'd give this a try. The results were outstanding.

I know that other reviewers state that combining both an expectorant and cough suppressant doesn't make sense, but I beg to differ. These symptoms often appear at the same time and Mucinex DM quickly thins out the mucous regardless of whether its in your throat or in your nose. It makes it easier to cough up the nasty stuff, you just won't have the urge to cough over and over and over again. It works very fast and the whole time-release thing is a definite plus. I've only ever taken one pill at a time (see the beginning of my review), but I assume if things were really bad you could follow the directions on the label and try taking two every twelve hours. In any case, this stuff works for me. I highly recommend it! Just make sure you stay hydrated. It makes everything work better (the meds and your body).
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon March 9, 2007
This medicine REALLY works!! The active ingredient is very safe (this was suggested to me by my Dr. when I was pregnant) and it is the ONLY medicine that I use that is effective against deep chest congestion!! Accept no imitations--if you are trying to save a buck and buy a generic of this, I've tried them and they are ineffective. Mucinex is time released while the others aren't.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2010
I *must have* drug for your medicine cabinet at all times! It's the only drug that breaks up your chest congestion and lets you sleep through the night. I haven't found anything that works better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2014
I strongly caution anyone against buying these. I recently had a cold that on day three produced an annoying, unproductive dry cough. I was getting to the point of nearly making myself sick coughing so I thought I would try this instead of what I usually use. I read the package information and took two tablets as per the instructions. What resulted was about twenty-four hours of what felt like a panic attack. My heart rate was accelerated and pronounced. I felt jittery and disconnected and had a difficult time falling and staying asleep. And unfortunately my coughing didn't improve until fourteen hours after taking this and could very well have just gone away on its own. I really regret this purchase and will definitely going back to my standard treatments.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2009
I recently came down with a cold during New Years--first cold in almost ten years--and I've been seeing this commercial for Musinex with the gross little animated mucus glob and didn't think much of it until I got this cold. I've tried other medicines in the past and to tell you the truth I'm not a big medicine person. I don't like taking them, but wanted to get over this cold quickly as possible so I decided to try Musinex. Not before reading some reviews of others who have tried this product.
I took one with a full glass of water. Now it says its non drowsy. Well it made me drowsy which is probably my reaction to it. Not that it is intended to make you drowsy, thats how I reacted to it. Some say it makes them anxious or feeling weird. But it does work. I've taken three so far this past weekend every twelve hours and then I'm going to cut down to nighttime. I recomend this product. It does live up to its commerical but be prepared for certain side effects on how your body reacts to it.
It does suppress caughs. My nose gets a little dry but other than that its a decent product.
Some of the negative reviews which were a little far fetched and I surmise are from very bored people or competitive drug companies.
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35 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2009
I have been taking the regular Mucinex for years whenever I need it with great success. I had a cold last year and decided to try the Mucinex DM for my cough, I became very jittery and felt like I was having a panic attack, I was up all night, had chills, very thirsty and the fluids were running right through me plus some. By the time I went to the doctor the medication had run it's course. My doctor told me he does not like DM in anything (not sure what DM is, but I won't use it anymore). I continue to use the regular Mucinex, it helps with colds and problems with allergy triggered asthma. This is the best otc medication out there, but not the DM. I found out my best friend had the same exact experience with the Mucinex DM as I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2014
First night: took one capsule and tried to sleep. Layed in bed with my heart racing for six hours and then fell asleep two hours before my alarm went off. Second night: Took two capsules and my heart raced a TON (my normal resting bpm is 40; it had to be near 100). I layed in bed the entire night trying to fall asleep. Did not sleep at all. I think this is the first time in my entire life that I've gone through an entire night wide awake like this. It works, just don't take it at night. I think they should put a notice or something on the package.
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