Can you take mucinex dm with high blood pressure

mucinex-dm

uses

This combination medication is used to temporarily treat cough, chest congestion, and stuffy nose symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, hay fever, or other breathing illnesses (e.g., sinusitis, bronchitis). Guaifenesin is an expectorant that helps to thin and loosen mucus in the lungs, making it easier to cough up the mucus. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant that affects a certain part of the brain (cough center), reducing the urge to cough. This product also contains a decongestant, which helps relieve stuffy nose symptoms.This medication is usually not used for ongoing coughs from smoking, asthma, other long-term breathing problems (e.g., emphysema), or coughs with a lot of mucus, unless directed by your doctor.Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules) are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details about using your product safely.These products do not cure or shorten the length of the common cold and may cause serious side effects. To decrease the risk for serious side effects, carefully follow all dosage directions. Do not use this product to make a child sleepy. Do not give other cough-and-cold medication that might contain the same or similar ingredients

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Ask the doctor or pharmacist about other ways to relieve cough and cold symptoms (such as drinking enough fluids, using a humidifier or saline nose drops/spray).

how to use

If you are taking the over-the-counter product, read all directions on the product package before taking this medication. If you have any questions, consult your pharmacist. If your doctor has prescribed this medication, take it as directed.Take the tablet, capsule, or liquid form by mouth with or without food. Follow the directions for dosing on the label, or take as directed by your doctor. Drink plenty of fluids when you use this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor. The fluid will help loosen the mucus in your lungs. This medication can be taken with food if stomach upset occurs.If you are using the liquid form, use a medication measuring device to carefully measure the prescribed dose. Do not use a household spoon. If your liquid form is a suspension, shake the bottle well before each dose.If you are using sustained-release tablets or capsules, swallow the medication whole. Do not crush or chew the tablets or capsules. Doing so can destroy the long action of the drug and may increase side effects.The dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to therapy.Improper use of this medication (abuse) may result in serious harm (e.g., brain damage, seizure, death). Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than recommended by your doctor or the package instructions without your doctor’s approval.Inform your doctor if your condition persists for more than 1 week, if it worsens, or if it occurs with fever, rash, or persistent headache. These may be symptoms of a serious medical problem and should be checked by a doctor.

side effects

Dizziness, headache, nausea, nervousness, or trouble sleeping may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.If your doctor has prescribed this drug, remember that your doctor has prescribed it because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, hallucinations), shaking (tremors), weakness.Tell your doctor if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: fast/slow/irregular heartbeat.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.In Canada – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

precautions

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: breathing problems (such as asthma, emphysema), diabetes, a certain eye problem (glaucoma), heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney problems, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), trouble urinating (for example, due to enlarged prostate).This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).Liquid preparations of this product may contain sugar, aspartame, and/or alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, liver disease, phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially dizziness, difficulty urinating, fast/irregular heartbeat, trouble sleeping, confusion, or mental/mood changes.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only if clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication may pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

drug interactions

If you are taking this medication under your doctor’s direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Taking certain MAO inhibitors with this medication may cause a serious (possibly fatal) drug interaction. Avoid taking isocarboxazid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, safinamide, selegiline, or tranylcypromine during treatment with this medication. Most MAO inhibitors should also not be taken for two weeks before treatment with this medication. Ask your doctor when to start or stop taking this medication.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially: beta blockers (e.g., metoprolol, atenolol), guanethidine, certain inhaled anesthetics (e.g., halothane), methyldopa, tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, desipramine).Guaifenesin is available in both prescription and nonprescription products. Check the labels on all your medications carefully to make sure you are not taking more than one guaifenesin-containing product.Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products, diet aids) because they may contain ingredients that could increase your heart rate or blood pressure. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.This medication may interfere with certain medical/laboratory tests (including urine 5-HIAA/VMA levels, brain scan for Parkinson’s disease), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: agitation, confusion, hallucinations, seizures.

notes

If your doctor has prescribed this medication, do not share it with others.Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.

Guaifenesin Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 26, 2019.

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For the Consumer

Applies to guaifenesin: oral liquid, oral packet, oral solution, oral syrup, oral tablet, oral tablet extended release

Along with its needed effects, guaifenesin may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Some side effects of guaifenesin may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common or rare

  • Diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • hives
  • nausea or vomiting
  • skin rash
  • stomach pain

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to guaifenesin: compounding powder, oral capsule, oral capsule extended release, oral granule, oral liquid, oral solution, oral tablet, oral tablet extended release

General

Guaifenesin has been generally well tolerated.

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects have included stomach upset and vomiting with higher than recommended doses. Doses recommended for expectoration have rarely been associated with gastrointestinal upset.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have occasionally included dizziness and headache.

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects have included rare reports of rash.

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects have included a report of an anaphylactic reaction.

2. “Product Information. Robitussin (guaifenesin).” Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Philadelphia, PA.

3. Manujendra R, Faltay B, Haller NA “Case report: anaphylactic reaction to guaifenesin.” Hosp Pract 37 (2009): 60-3

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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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Guaifenesin

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  • Aldex® (containing Guaifenesin, Pseudoephedrine)
  • Biocotron® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Biospec® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Bisolvine® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Care One Chest Congestion Relief® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Certuss® (containing Chlophedianol, Guaifenesin)
  • Cheratussin AC® (containing Codeine, Guaifenesin)
  • chest congestion® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Childrens Mucus Relief® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Childrens Mucus Relief Cherry® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Childrens Mucus Relief Cough Cherry® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Childrens Relief Cherry® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Chlo Tuss® (containing Chlophedianol, Guaifenesin)
  • Codar® (containing Codeine, Guaifenesin)
  • Cough® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Cough Syrup® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • CounterAct® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • CVS Chest Congestion Relief® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Dex-Tuss® (containing Codeine, Guaifenesin)
  • DG Health Childrens Mucus Relief Cough® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • DG Health Tussin DM® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Diabetic Tussin DM® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Diabetic Tussin DM Maximum Strength® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Donatussin Drops® (containing Guaifenesin, Phenylephrine)
  • Double Tussin Intense Cough Reliever® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Equaline Adult Tussin® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Equaline Tussin Cough and Chest Congestion® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Equate Tussin DM® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Expectorant Plus Cough Relief® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • FormuCare Cough Syrup DM® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Freds Chest Congestion Relief® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Good Neighbor Pharmacy Adult Tussin® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Good Neighbor Pharmacy Tussin DM® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Good Neighbor Pharmacy Tussin DM Max® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Good Sense Childrens Mucus Relief Cough® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Good Sense tussin® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Good Sense Tussin DM® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Guaiasorb DM® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Guaiatussin AC® (containing Codeine, Guaifenesin)
  • Guiatuss DM® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Healthy Accents Tussin DM® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
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  • Leader Intense Cough Reliever® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Leader Tussin DM Max® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
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  • Nature Fusion® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • PediaCare Childrens Cough and Congestion® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Premier Value Chest Congestion and Cough Relief® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
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  • Q Tussin DM® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • RelCof-C® (containing Codeine, Guaifenesin)
  • Robafen DM Max® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
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  • Safetussin® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
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  • Tussin DM® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Up and Up Adult Cough Formula DM® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
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  • Vanacof® (containing Chlophedianol, Guaifenesin)
  • Vicks® DayQuil® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Wal Tussin DM® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Z-Cof 1® (containing dextromethorphan and Guaifenesin, Pseudoephedrine)
  • Zicam® (containing acetaminophen and Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)
  • Zodryl DEC® (containing pseudoephedrine and Codeine, Guaifenesin)
  • Zyncof® (containing Dextromethorphan, Guaifenesin)

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The following conditions are contraindicated with this drug. Check with your physician if you have any of the following:

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Can You Take Regular Mucinex If You Have High Blood Pressure?

Kate HendersonFollow Jun 14, 2018 · 12 min read

Mucinex is made up of guaifenesin, an expectorant that works by thinning your mucus/phlegm to make it easier to cough (expectorate) out

This is NOT something you want to ignore (especially when it can be treated). If you’re struggling with blood pressure take a look at this:

Most people turn towards over the counter decongestants when they have a stuffy nose or congestion. Unfortunately, if you have high blood pressure you should avoid these products. That is because decongestants work to relieve congestion by shrinking blood vessels in the nasal membranes of the nose and air passages. These changes may affect blood vessels in locations other than the nose resulting in increased blood pressure. Decongestant examples are pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, and oxymetazoline.

Decongestants in oral and nasal form can affect your blood pressure so it is recommended to try alternative options. Saline nasal spray is a great option to flush your sinuses. Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, and getting rest are also important steps to helping your congestion. If you still experience bothersome nasal congestion, talk to your pharmacist or doctor for advice…

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Make it a paste put it on put gauze on. You could use a hanky for the compress.

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How Stuff Works: Decongestants and Sinus Care

hey everybody welcome back today we’re doing the house stuff works decongestants and nasal and sinus pressure care now the first thing to remember any time of year where there it’s spring whether it’s allergy season whether it’s winter colds whether it’s fall as the leaves start to decay is to always make sure you’re doing you are neti pot year round if you haven’t gotten one of these yet please check out my video neti pots 101 keeping it simple learning the basics and making sure that you take the best care of your sinuses all year round however if you do find you’re starting to suffer from some notable congestion please remember that it’s a critical you take care of the sinus congestion right away because anything that’s up here mucus wise ends up down here mucus wise that means your lungs will start to fight an upper respiratory lower respiratory infection that can get quite serious pretty quickly so if you can stop it before it starts to descend through your respiratory system you have a much better chance of having a much better winter or spring or fall whatever time of year now I’m going to show you a couple products that might have you wondering what the heck you should be using and when and this is why we’re doing a house step works on these today the three items I have are all about nasal and sinus congestion so let’s get started the first and most traditional remedy many of us have seen is a simple nasal decongestant pill this is something like I don’t know sudafed are sudafed PE as it’s now called the kind that doesn’t have the pseudoephedrine in it this is a simple and small pill that’s typically taken every four hours and it allows for a decongestant done in the nasal passages very small pills here and only one every four hours required in just a second we’ll talk about what it means to take these and how your body responds the second product I have is a nasal spray this is a 12 hour nasal spray which means that you only have to use it once in the morning and once that and the last item is a nyquil type product this is a non name brand it’s a cold and flu product one kind for daytime one kind for nighttime so that you can sleep now what I want to talk about today is what each of these does so that you can anticipate the effects let’s go to the nasal decongestant pill first first thing you want to know about nasal decongestant pills is they almost always cause sleeplessness these items are guaranteed to get you reven gets you going but what that means is if you take it at 8 o’clock at night and you’re sensitive to products like this you could end up staying awake all night long it can also cause you to be very jittery during the day so also be aware that this kind of a pill having to be taken every 4 hours means that you have to be able to keep your eye on the clock you have to have water nearby depending on the kind of job you have that may or may not be possible the number one thing I want you to know about these pills for today’s discussion is that they will dry you out all throughout the body they don’t just dry out your sinuses a pill like this that is a systemic pill cannot just target one area you’re going to feel your mouth get drier I will often wake up coughing a dry choking coughing night if I use these you’ll notice your skin is drier you’ll notice you’re thirsty all the time that’s what nasal decongestant pills do be aware that that can be the effect the second item that we’re going to look at again is the nasal spray now what I have here is a product based on Afrin it’s called it anna fran it’s a non name brand and this is very specifically two things other than twelve hour it is extra moisturizing and no drip what that means is when I spray it it’s not gonna run down the back of my throat and burn like acid all the way to my toes also extra moisturizing means that it’s not going to make me feel like the Sahara and inside my sinuses how do they do it I don’t know but if you do use nasal spray make sure you get the extra moisturizer and try to get the non drip yes it’s more expensive yes it’s worth it this product only needs to be used every 12 hours and that’s one of the bonuses and advantages of it you don’t need water so again depending on your work life or your general daily life this can be a nice alternative to something you have to take as a pill the last item we’re going to look at again the nyquil essentially dayquil pack I’m looking at the dayquil kind because we’re talking about stuff you use during the day these pills are significantly larger so if you’re dealing with something that has your throat swollen this could be an issue for swallowing let me compare it here for you a minute to the little tiny decongestant pills we had in the beginning we’ve got the large day quilt caps over here and we’ve got the tiny little decongestants you would take one of these every four hours you would take two of these every six hours the nice thing about dayquil is that it allows you to stay awake it’s energizing without being overwhelming this one doesn’t have me feeling like I’m on speed quite the same way the traditional old school decongestant pills will these will dry you out similar to this guy but not in quite as extreme away now everybody’s got their own preference everybody’s got it whatever they think they need to use personally but I’m just going to tell you straight up that as I’ve been working with my lungs with asthma over the years I opted for the nasal spray why I only take it once a day and once at night it absolutely positively cuts down anything that could end up dripping into my lungs and causing a serious asthmatic issue it also is not a pill I’m already taking tons of pills when I’m sick everything from echinacea to vitamin D and b2 something for the mucus like mucinex I really appreciate not having to take another pill but the most important reason I use this it doesn’t dry out my entire system this is not a systemic pill this guy goes straight to my sinuses it only works here it doesn’t influence my digestion it doesn’t mess up any kind of speed none of that happens from you with this so for me this is the answer for you it might be this guy every six hours for you it might be this guy every four hours but please just be aware that with you you do have options so anytime you’re feeling a little bit like this you don’t have to feel like this forever there’s something out there that can work for you thanks for joining us please share with a friend I’ll look forward to seeing you next time..

Dr. Mercola: Natural Tips to Control Hypertension or High Blood Pressure

hi this is dr. Mercola and I want to talk to you about a very common problem so common in fact that one out of three of you watching this has it and that clinical condition is called hypertension now that sounds like you might be tense before I started med school that’s what I was confused and I think believe many people have that confusion but hypertension is actually of course high blood pressure and although tension or anxiety can contribute to high blood pressure certainly it is for the most part not the primary reason why people have high blood pressure so the that let me give you some of the definitions first typically you’re diagnosed as having high blood pressure if your blood pressure reading is above 120 over 80 and the first number is what’s called the systolic and then this and it typically should be below 120 and the bottom number is called the die stock and that ship is typically should be below 80 so if you’re in those below those ranges is not much of a concern however if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure it’s important to understand that one of the most common risk factors for high blood pressure is weight so if you’re obese that is going to increase your risk but interestingly the way we diagnose hypertension is through by taking your blood pressure that’s typically done by putting a cuff around your arm so it’s important to understand that there’s different cuffs that if you are large or especially very large you’re going to require a larger cuff so when you get the blood pressure taken with a cuff it’s very important you look at the blood pressure cuff and make sure they typically have marks to make sure that when you wrap the cover on this within that normal range if it’s not then you need to find the right size cuff and now this actually goes the other way too so that if you are a small very tiny or a small child and you need to use a pediatric cuff so that that’s an important consideration now it’s also important to understand that there are typically medications are used to control isn’t it and it’s a traditional approach that is the major strategy and in and hypertension is really almost a dream come true for drug companies just similar to cholesterol in that it is a drug that typically doesn’t have signs or symptoms but that is that they have developed a number of treatments for that don’t change or modify or it all addressed the cause of the disease in fact I was I to this day I remember reading my my medical physiology textbook that when we when we were studying hypertension and and it was called Gaytan the Gaytan textbook of physiology and and that it listed that the 95 percent of the cause of hypertension what they call idiopathic means they don’t know but that’s just not true we know what the cause of hypertension is for the most part it’s related to your body making too much insulin very similar to cholesterol so when your body makes too much insulin it causes your blood pressure to increase so there are fortunately very simple ways to lower your insulin levels and you know folks you can measure this all you have to do is you have your blood tested by your doctor a fasting insulin level and your instant level you want to strive for is about two or three if it’s five or certainly over ten you have got a problem and you need to lower that and of course you don’t lower with drugs you lower with natural approaches and one of the most effective ways to do that is with exercise a regular effective exercise program which consists of certainly aerobics and aerobics like sprint bursts types of exercising strength training and ideally you’d like to have someone monitor and and supervise your program because it’s really vital that you get this right of but a good comprehensive holistic exercise program will do go a long way towards reducing it ideally you want to mow if you’re to do that you’re going to get need to get to about an hour a day somewhere in that range what you want to work slowly and start slowly so that is one of the most important the other is to is to cut out foods it’s going to raise your insulin and typically foods that would do that our sugar types of foods or grains because they break down to sugars very rapidly even whole grains organic whole grains will do that so if you have a high blood pressure hypertension high cholesterol or obesity you want to lower those so that would be breads pastas rice cereal potatoes even if they’re organic it’s still going to do the same thing until you get those under control you want to stay away through those and fruits are also fondles category because those are high in carbohydrates so the other thing you can do is take make sure that you’re reducing the stress because it is a factor some people and prayer or meditation or EFT emotional freedom technique is another useful thing now another interesting new insight that is very clearly powerful and effective is to normalize your vitamin D levels I’ve got lots of information on vitamin D you’ve probably seen or read some of that but if you haven’t then clearly examine that because vitamin D is is unquestionably associated with increment D levels associate with an increased risk for heart disease and in vitamin D we know now actually lowers and normalizes your blood pressure so that’s a good strategy the other thing you want to do is to make sure that you’re having your omega 6 to omega 3 fat ratio is correct and most people have that ratio is about 25 to 1 because we radically improve increased in the amount of mega six fats so you want to make sure you lower the amount of that vegetable oils in your diet and make sure you have a high quality source of omega 3 fatty acids that’s going to be really crucial now I also want to give a warning now you know I’m opposed to taking medications and drugs and clearly the long term strategy is to get of off of all your medications but if you’re on a medication you certainly want to do that with a supervised healthcare professional and if you have very high blood pressure I hardly ever recommend the use of medications but it is vital that you go on a medication to lower your blood pressures if it’s very high because stroke is real people die from strokes every day and if your blood pressure is too high you are at risk for developing a stroke and I don’t know if you’ve ever seen anyone with a stroke but it is not pretty to lose your brain cells it tends to be permanent and irreversible so you want to make sure that you that you you’re not increasing your risk for that too so make sure you’re under a safe medication by a physician who’s going to monitor you with those until you’re able to implement these lifestyle changes that will allow you to slowly wean off the medications and get the the cause of the problem addressed so hopefully this will provide you with some practical insights and some strategies that you or your family members can use to take care of this very common 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What is Mucinex D?

Mucinex D extended release tablets contain a combination of guaifenesin and pseudoephedrine. Guaifenesin is an expectorant. It helps loosen congestion in your chest and throat, making it easier to cough out through your mouth.

Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. Dilated blood vessels can cause nasal congestion (stuffy nose).

Mucinex D tablets are used to treat nasal and sinus congestion. Mucinex D also is used to reduce chest congestion caused by the common cold, infections, or allergies.

Mucinex D may also be used for purposes other than those listed.

Important information

Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.

Do not use Mucinex D if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take Mucinex D before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

Do not use any other over-the-counter cough or cold medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of one or more types of medicine. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains a decongestant or expectorant.

Before taking this medicine

Do not use Mucinex D if you are allergic to guaifenesin or pseudoephedrine, or to other decongestants, diet pills, stimulants, or ADHD medications. Do not use Mucinex D if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take Mucinex D before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

Before taking Mucinex D, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • heart disease or high blood pressure;

  • diabetes; or

  • a thyroid disorder.

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use Mucinex D, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.

Mucinex D may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. This medication may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Artificially-sweetened liquid forms of cold medicine may contain phenylalanine. This would be important to know if you have phenylketonuria (PKU). Check the ingredients and warnings on the medication label if you are concerned about phenylalanine.

How should I take Mucinex D?

Use Mucinex D tablets exactly as directed on the label, or as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended. Cold medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.

Always ask a doctor before giving cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough or cold medicine in very young children. Do not crush, chew or break an extended-release Mucinex D tablet. Swallow the tablet whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking or opening the tablet would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

Drink extra fluids to help loosen the congestion and lubricate your throat while you are taking Mucinex D. Take Mucinex D with food if it upsets your stomach. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if you have a fever with a headache, cough, or skin rash.

If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time if you have taken a cold medicine within the past few days.

Store this medicine at room temperature, away from heat, light, and moisture.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Mucinex D is usually taken only as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking Mucinex D regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and feeling restless or nervous.

What should I avoid?

Mucinex D can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking this medicine.

Avoid taking diet pills, caffeine pills, or other stimulants (such as ADHD medications) without your doctor’s advice. Taking a stimulant together with a decongestant can increase your risk of unpleasant side effects.

Do not use any other over-the-counter cold, allergy, or cough medicine without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Mucinex D are contained in many medicines available over the counter. If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of a certain drug. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains guaifenesin or pseudoephedrine.

Mucinex D side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Mucinex D: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop taking this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat;

  • severe dizziness, anxiety, restless feeling, or nervousness;

  • easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; or

  • increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, chest pain, numbness, seizure).

Keep taking Mucinex D and talk to your doctor if you have any of these less serious Mucinex D side effects:

  • dizziness or headache;

  • feeling excited or restless;

  • sleep problems (insomnia);

  • nausea, vomiting, or stomach upset;

  • mild loss of appetite;

  • warmth, tingling, or redness under your skin; or

  • skin rash or itching.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Mucinex D?

Before taking Mucinex D, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

This is not a complete list and there may be other drugs that can affect Mucinex D. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Mucinex D only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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Defining Chest Cold Symptoms

If you’ve ever had a runny nose and sore throat morph into a productive cough that leaves you feeling drained, you’ve dealt with a dreaded chest cold. The term “chest cold” is another name for acute bronchitis: an infection that triggers excess mucus production in your airways. Confused about your symptoms? Here’s what you need to know.

One of the defining symptoms of a chest cold is chest congestion — a buildup of mucus in your airways. Mucus has a natural protective mechanism. It forms a physical barrier to protect the delicate tissue that lines your airways and lungs, so viruses, bacteria and other microbes can be coughed up and removed. So while that excess mucus definitely isn’t pleasant, it’s there to protect your airways and lungs.

When you have chest congestion, you’ll get “productive coughing” (a cough that brings up mucus) as well. Excess mucus triggers the coughing reflex, which is designed to clear your airways and remove harmful pathogens, like bacteria and viruses. Your cough may bring up white or clear mucus, which might change in color to yellow or green over the course of your cold.

It’s not uncommon to notice some changes in your breathing when you have a chest cold. Infection in your airways can slightly constrict them, leading to that characteristic wheezing. You may also feel short of breath, especially when you smell a strong odor or inhale cold air.

Your chest cold can leave you feeling seriously fatigued, both from the energy expended fighting off an infection and from a reduction in air that’s able to enter your lungs. You might also experience aches and pains, chills, a fever, a sore throat or headache from the coughing. Fevers are a protective mechanism against illness — they help inactivate enzymes that bacteria and viruses need to survive, which helps to clear the infection. However, a fever can have adverse effects for you as well, so see a doctor if you develop one.

In addition to following your doctor’s orders, you can follow these steps to start feeling better.

  • Stay hydrated: Liquids thin the mucus in your airways.
  • Turn on a humidifier: Humid air moistens and loosens mucus so you can cough it up more easily, potentially helping with wheezing.
  • Get plenty of rest: Consider staying home from work or school to give your body a chance to fight off the cold.
  • Get relief with medication: Pick up an over-the-counter cough medication, like regular or maximum strength Mucinex®, which contains an expectorant to help clear chest congestion.
  • See a doctor: If you’re coughing up yellow or green mucus, running a fever of 100.5°F or higher, experiencing wheezing or shortness of breath, or your cold doesn’t start getting better in seven to 10 days, be sure to see a doctor.

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