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Old 01-31-2008, 09:29 AM   #1
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Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

I have had a horrible chest cold, started Monday, and I can't seem to shake it. I also have a race Sunday, and need to be able to breath for it. Any advice????????????
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:47 AM   #2
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Re: Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

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I have had a horrible chest cold, started Monday, and I can't seem to shake it. I also have a race Sunday, and need to be able to breath for it. Any advice????????????

Mucinex is fine. The plain kind. The one with the decongestant might wire you. I know it does me. Make sure you take at least 1200 mg a day and drink lots and lots of water. I think its probably 4 of the Mucinex pills from the over the counter strength.
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:57 AM   #3
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Re: Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

I was able to take Mucinex about a month ago when I had a bad cold. I was so stuffed up and couldn't breathe. I tried to take Sudafed and it made my heart race. Mucinex is the only thing that was ok with me. Also nasal spray but that can be addictive. So to answer your question, Mucinex seems to be fine in w/d. Hope you feel better!!

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Old 01-31-2008, 10:08 AM   #4
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Re: Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

Sudafed is pseudoefedrin hydrochloride, it is like speed. I am afraid to take ANYTHING at all..... I had a good day Friday, and have been STRUGGLING mentally ever since. WHAT IN THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME?
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:48 PM   #5
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Re: Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

Nothing is wrong with you except this crappy Paxil w/d!! I am right here with you hon!

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Old 01-31-2008, 12:58 PM   #6
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Re: Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

I am just beginning my taper, but I feel your pain! I can not take ANY medication at all for colds, except mucinex, which just basically works to break up the mucus, and increases its production so you can cough it all out! Good Luck, and hope you feel better soon!
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Old 01-31-2008, 01:00 PM   #7
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Re: Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

I have a really nasty productive cough (not that there's anything left to produce!), a scratcy patch near the epiglottis and weepy eyes. No proper sleep for 2 days (despite my CPAP and humidifier) and now my sinuses are starting to play up. I really feel ****.

I am going to the doc tomorrow, and will NOT let her kid me that this is because of my w/d from Deroxat.

Why am I posting this here? Well I know that Actifed and Sudafed are no-nos for me because of the ephedrine, and there is no Robitussin sold in France. But perhaps they have Mucinex or something similar so there is hope.

But I'm really pissed off because I'm due to fly to the UK tomorrow night for my mother in law's cremation on Monday, and cannot miss it for all sorts of reasons, many of which you can guess. And flying is NOT a good thing if you have sinusitis .............

I'm really low and selfpitying at the moment, and all I can do is pray for the strength to cope .........
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Old 01-31-2008, 01:12 PM   #8
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Re: Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

Hi, have you ever done a "sinus flush" or used a neti-pot? It is basically flushing and snorting warm salt water, VERY soothing to the sinuses, not pretty in the least bit, but it works.
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Old 01-31-2008, 01:42 PM   #9
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Re: Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

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Hi, have you ever done a "sinus flush" or used a neti-pot? It is basically flushing and snorting warm salt water, VERY soothing to the sinuses, not pretty in the least bit, but it works.
We have several threads about this, one is in the Methods of Wellbeing section. Search for "sinus rinse."

They are great. Thanks to Chrysalis for turning us on to this.
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Old 01-31-2008, 04:24 PM   #10
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Re: Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

The nasal rinsing is great. Also you can put the saline solution into a nasal spray bottle, that works well, especially if you spray quite a few times (say 4 to 6 times each side instead of the one or two you would do with a medicated nasal spray). You could carry a little bottle with you in your handbag.
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Old 02-01-2008, 06:32 AM   #11
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Re: Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

After another **** night, went to the docs. Severe bronchitis diagnosed, and plenty of meds to help control it and keep me going - all ok with Deroxat.

Relief that she took me seriously, and that I now have the necessary meds to carry on living ... mil's cremation this Monday afternoon.

Thanks to all who suggested the Jala Neti options. And Antony, I do hope you feel better in time to do yourself justice in your race on Sunday.

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Old 02-01-2008, 07:53 AM   #12
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Re: Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

Just got back from the butcher, it is bronchitis. Azythriomax (sp). I ache everywere!
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:08 AM   #13
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Glad you got diagnosed Antony, and hope that the meds kick in very soon and that you feel a bit less c**p. I still feel very yuck but hope that it will be liveable with in 24-48 when I have to be 'on form' as far as the outside world is concerned.

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Old 02-01-2008, 09:45 PM   #14
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Re: Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

Alsacienne, I'm so sorry about your mother-in-law. My deepest sympathy to your entire family.

But did you tell your doctor you plan to fly soon? With a respiratory infection, the plane's air pressure might be a problem for you. I'm not trying to worry you, I just suggest you call your doctor and see what he/she suggests before flying.

By the way, the active ingredient in mucinex is guaifenesin; it might be available there even if it isn't under the brand name of mucinex. I used to buy guaifenesin at a health food store here; much healthier excipients/binders (and no artificial colors!), though it doesn't have the extended relief (twelve hour) feature that Mucinex does. Other than that, any brand of guaifenesin should work the same, you just need to take it more often (usually every four hours).

Guaifenesin only loosens phlegm to bring it up; it doesn't suppress a cough or anything. I'd be very careful about medications like that or that combine more than one ingredient, to avoid things like ephedrines that can make some people extremely jumpy and are probably something to avoid in w/d and recovery.

For a scratchy throat, you might want to try slippery elm, an herb that shouldn't cause you any problems (I'm hypersensitive to just about everything, and it doesn't even cause problems for me!). If you can find it in lozenges that you can suck on that would probably help best (I buy Thayer's lozenges; health food stores and some drug stores carry them), but most health food stores have slippery elm in capsules or in tea bag or loose tea form. (Honey sometimes soothes a scratchy throat and cough too.)

I hope you feel better soon.
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Old 02-02-2008, 06:16 AM   #15
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Re: Should I take mucinex for my chest cold

Thanks everyone. Sorry to hear about your loss alsac, it's really tough. I am VERY close to my inlaws. I know how much it would hurt to lose one. Anyhow, stay strong, I hope you feel better soon. How is the weather in France?

Tryingtoget well, Thanks for the info, I too am VERY VERY VERY EXTREAMLY HYPERSENSITIVE to EVERYTHING since I had a piss-poor experince taking rat poison.... I'm feeling a little better this morning, I am not going to run that race tomorrow :-( I hate getting out of shape, even though I know one week isn't gonna hurt me much. Thanks and take care everyone
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