... take as directed but on a continuous basis. Nothing else has helped and I have been to many doctors. Are there any long term affects?
HI J- This is a good formal answer I gathered from several sources:
This medication is used for the temporary relief of coughs caused by the common cold, bronchitis, and other breathing illnesses. This product is usually not used for ongoing cough from smoking or long-term breathing problems (such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema) unless directed by your doctor. Guaifenesin is an expectorant. It works by thinning and loosening mucus in the airways, clearing congestion, and making breathing easier.
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is important to read the package instructions carefully before you start using this product to be sure it is right for you.
My ENT doctor told me that I can take Mucinex (or Sudafed, but that makes me dizzy so I can't take it) regularly during the seasons I tend to get sinus infections most often to keep my sinuses clear of mucous, which is a bacteria collector, and since then I haven't gotten a sinus infection. I have a similar problem, but I also have "abnormally large adenoids" (apparently they're supposed to shrink and go away by the time you're in your late teens but my stayed around) and high sinus pressure, so things stick around. I don't take it in the summer, but I've never had problems with taking it for months at a time. I would just let your doctor know that you're taking it for extended periods of time and why you take it, if your doctor is unaware of it.
Personally, for me, it's much more safe for me to take Mucinex all fall and winter than to have sinus infection after sinus infection, because they tend to turn into bronchitis with me, and I'm allergic to a whole slew of antibiotics too, so the last thing I need is to develop a tolerance to the point that none of the antibiotics I can take work for me anymore.
I must agree with PoisonAlice on this.
People who have a chronic pain condition, called fibromyalgia, take muscinex daily with no ill effects, but I do not know if you should be taking it daily, perhaps you should consult with your doctor regarding daily use of Muscinex. I'm sure it works great and thins out your mucous, but there may be other things to try that are safer, such as saline solution. Have you ever tried saline? It's safe to use daily, and it thins mucous as well. But one must use it in a certain manner. If you want to know how to use it, just post a comment right here, and I can tell you. (It's a bit gross, but I'm happy to share it if you want to know. My husband uses it daily, with great efficacy.)
I am not a doctor, however, I was diagnosed w/COPD
4 years ago and have had many bouts w/lung complications. If you are continually battling a build up of mucus, you should be checked out for COPD. Mucus build up is the main culprit of COPD. I use a nebulizer w/albuterol sulfate inhalation solution every 4-6 hours. I am also on a 10mg daily dosage of Prednisone for maintenence. I would not use any over-the-counter drugs for any length of time over how its prescribed. Feel better.
Anyone with chronic sinusitis and/or unusually thick mucus should talk to their ENT about a possible MRSA infection in the sinuses. Particularly if the infections and/or mucus has been a long-term reoccurring problem. MRSA infection of the sinuses is being found as one cause for these symptoms, and will not resolve with regular treatments, and/or medications due to MRSA's resistance to the average antibiotic. MRSA is may also be the reason for long-term thickening of the mucus. Ask that your mucus be cultured for MRSA.
I see your question was asked 4 years ago, but I, too, had thick mucus, caused by my COPD. (I had bronchial asthma as a very young child, later in life diagnosed with emphysema.) I, too, take Mucinex regularly. Yes, I do think it affects my bowels, but it seems a small price to pay for keeping my lungs relatively clear. Also, I never have a problem with constipation! :)
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