How to Use Guaifenesin
Guaifenesin is a drug that is sold in both syrup and pill form under many different brand names, such as Mucinex and Robitussin, among others. There has been controversey over its effectiveness in treating coughs, but it is generally assumed to be safe. Guaifenesin has been used for many other conditions besides coughs, however; learn some of the more common uses for the drug.
Use guaifenesin to treat coughing. Usually, guaifenesin is recommended by doctors to treat coughs. Because the medicine liquefies mucus secretions, dry hacking coughs can be soothed. The cough reflex will not be suppressed, but the inflamed areas of the throat will feel better.
Use for fibromyalgia. Some experts claim that guaifenesin helps fibrolmyalgia by ridding the body of excess phosphates. Guaifenesin certainly won't cure fibromyalgia, but it may relieve some of the symptoms.
Use for singing. Some singers use guaifenesin to help keep their vocal cords healthy and lubricated when they'll be exercising their voices for an extended period of time.
Use for conception. Many women have been advised by their doctors to use guaifenesin to increase and thin their cervical mucus in an attempt to conceive.
Use to decrease asthma symptoms. Guaifenesin helps relieve asthma symptoms by drawing water into the bronchi. This lubricates the airways and helps asthma sufferers to breathe better.
Use to speed recovery of a sinus infection. If you are on antibiotics for a sinus infection, guaifenesin can help speed your recovery by loosening up the mucus in your sinuses, which allows the antibiotics to work more effectively.
Tips & Warnings
- Drink lots of water while using guaifenesin.