- What brand names are available for guaifenesin?
- Is guaifenesin available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for guaifenesin?
- What are the uses for guaifenesin?
- What are the side effects of guaifenesin?
- What is the dosage for guaifenesin?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with guaifenesin?
- Is guaifenesin safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about guaifenesin?
What brand names are available for guaifenesin?
Diabetic Tussin, Geri-Tussin, Robitussin, Fenesin IR, Mucinex, Mucosa, Mucus Relief, Mucus ER
What are the uses for guaifenesin?
Guaifenesin is used for the treatment of cough associated with colds and minor upper respiratory tract infections in individuals 12 years and older.
What is the dosage for guaifenesin?
Guaifenesin may be taken with or without food. The tablets should be taken whole and should not be crushed, chewed, or broken. The recommended dose is 600-1200 every 12h hours up to a maximum of 2.4 g per day. Patients should consult a health care professional if symptoms last more than 7 days.
Which drugs or supplements interact with guaifenesin?
There are no known drug interactions with guaifenesin.
Is guaifenesin safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Although one analysis found a correlation between guaifenesin use in the first trimester of pregnancy and an increased risk of hernia in the fetus, others found no increased risk of fetal malformations. Thus, guaifenesin should be used in pregnancy only if the physician feels that the potential benefits outweigh the potential and unknown risks.
It is not known if guaifenesin is secreted into breast milk.
What else should I know about guaifenesin?
What preparations of guaifenesin are available?
Tablet (extended release): 600, and 1200 mg
How should I keep guaifenesin stored?
Tablets, capsules, and syrup should be stored below 30 C (86 F). The liquid should not be refrigerated.
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Guaifenesin (Humibid, Humibid LA, Robitussin, Organidin NR, Fenesin, Mucosa, Mucus Relief, Mucus ER, Mucinex) is a expectorant medication used for the treatment of cough due to colds or minor upper respiratory tract infections. Side effects and pregnancy efficacy should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.
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