Why Mucinex is known as a expectorant medication?
Mucinex as its name suggest, will act on the mucous produced in the respiratory system and in its passages. It has the ability to thin out the secretions and make them fluid which can be brought out through triggering an effective cough reflex. Thus, the drug is also known as an expectorant medication.
How does it work and when?
The main active ingredient in Mucinex is Guaifenesin and most other cough remedies will also contain the same generic drug. But, different preparations can exert slightly different effects on the patient depending on the other constituents of each preparation. The use of Mucinex would be in events that produce a cough with phlegm which most likely to be acute in nature. It is not often used for coughs which are persistent or when the cause would be smoking. Thus, a cough due to respiratory infections such as bronchitis, sinusitis and common cold will benefit through this drug.
Why should you follow the prescription?
Mucinex or Guaifenesin for that matter will have to be given according to the prescribed dose and any alterations in the drug intake should not be made by the patients themselves. The reason being that, a higher dose of guifenesin is known to cause side effects which are rarely seen when the drug is taken in its recommended dosage.
Can Mucinex be given for children?
When discussing the possible side effects, as a general fact, it is well tolerated in its recommended dosage and among recommended individuals. Usually, Mucinex per se is not recommended for children below the ages of 12 years unless the pediatric version of the drug is used. Thus, the mistake of giving the child the same drugs prescribed for a parent or another adult should never be done, not only for Mucinex but for any other drug as well.
What are the side effects?
The commonest side effect that can be seen with Mucinex would be the appearance of gastrointestinal disturbances and nausea and vomiting would be the most outstanding of them all. These effects can be avoided for a certain extent if the drugs are taken with a meal rather than taking it into empty stomach.
The second type of side effect would be the involvement of nervous system which will manifest as a headache or else as dizziness. But, it is unlikely to be a severe headache and in certain instances it can be transient as well.
Thirdly, very rarely, it is possible to form kidney stones with chronic or prolonged use of Mucinex. But, the exact mechanism of its development is still not known and it can be avoided when a full glass of water is consumed or if adequate hydration is maintained during taking the medication.