Taking pain medication now but it doesn't work all the time.
Mucinex is guafenisin, which has been found to actually NOT work for pain (it was used for years for fibromyalgia, and was found not to be more effective than placebo). However, dextromethorphan, in Mucinex DM, and in numerous other cough and cold medicines, has been found to work for neuropathic pain and there is currently clinical trials being done to see how effective it is for fibromyalgia. It's actually added to a morphine medication to make the analgesic affects more potent in the morphine, so patients can take a lower dose of morphine with the same analgesia level as a higher dose of morphine without the dextromethorphan. It's an NMDA-receptor antagonist, the receptor being part of what sends pain signals to our brain. It also helps prevent tolerance to pain medications, and sometimes can even reverse tolerance to pain medications. It's worth looking into if you take pain medications but are still experiencing pain.
I did some research on mucinex and neuropathy, and a lot of people claim the time release really worked for them. When I was sick with a respiratory infection and tried the mucinex it did nothing for my neuropathy. I suppose you can give it a try and please let us know if it worked for you... best to you
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