Hi Teach-a friend of mine, the type who knows all the OTC meds for every ailment! suggested I try Mucinex for sinus/allergies--it didn't help me a bit, nor my DH who also suffers seasonal allergies. That is just us--it DID help my friend, so... I thought it was a bit pricey, too, for a basic OTC med. I'm beginning to think I need to just bum these OTC's from friends to find out if they work for me. The cost adds up buying this/that only to discover it puts you to sleep--makes you hyper--doesn't work, etcetera. Claritin seems to help me--yet friends have tried IT and claimed it did nothing. Hope you can find something good for you.
has anyone ever tried mucinex, and if so, did it help you? i have asthma & allergies complicated by chronic post-nasal drip. i am hoping that the mucinex will help me out.
Mucinex is guaifenesin 600mg, which used to be available only by prescription. It's an expectorant, which means it loosens phlem and bronchial secretions, making coughs more productive. It certainly isn't an allergy treatment, nor is it going to dry up post-nasal drip. You'd be better served with a combination drug like Claritin-D for that purpose, which will actually treat allergies and dry up secretions.
Also be advised that Mucinex really only works the patient drinks a lot of water-- water is necessary to have the drug work to it's maximum effectiveness.
ditto what GL said, but if you have really thick PND or nasal secretions or any chest congestion it will help thin them out. I love mucinex for this purpose. But if you find you need this on a regular basis, then you need a sinus evaluation because really thick drainage is not an allergy symptom, but a sinus problem.
If you have constant sinus drippings then Mucinex is only going to loosing you up more. If your all dried up, then Mucinex works great. I take Mucinex when the phelm is stuck in my throat. It loosens it right up. I can't live without Mucinex. When My sinus' are dripping then I take something to dry. My Doctor Prescribed Brofenex, it is a prescroption. It works great when I have severe Sinus drippings. When I'm to dry though, I can't live without Mucines.