Pros: Strong medicine for extraordinary congestion.
I bought the Mucinex on recommendation from a very kind Kroger pharmacist.
My husband is a big man and when he gets a cold he gets a big cold and horrible congestion along with it. He also will not swallow even tiny pills and these are huge so I thought I would never get a chance to try them out on him.
I told him repeatedly, in the nagging way of wives, that the pills could not be crushed because they're time released. I know he heard me and he said he would just not take them. Well, he used the pill crusher the minute my back was turned and although I was very angry, he did not die or even get sicker than he already was.
I strongly do not recommend doing this, especially since the package says explicitly not to. I just wanted you to know that if your loved one is as stubborn as my husband, and they crush the pill, keep an eye on them, but they will probably be ok. It did actually clear up his congestion and he was fine, but still. I hide the Mucinex bottle from him now.
My daughter has asthma and any type of precipitation combined with a drop in the temperature always means an episode of bronchitis which means digging out her albuterol inhaler, firing up the humidifier and waiting until her god awful, body shaking, hard enough to make her pass gas, cough stops enough until the mucus dries out and she can go back to school.
In addition to the effect on her school attendance record, there's also the running back and forth to school trying to get her assignments from teachers who do not appreciate the extra work. Plus I'm the kind of parent who always forgets to call the school attendance line every single day and if your kid misses school for four days because you said she had a "cough" I guarantee you (from experience) you're going to get a knock on the door from not only the district truant officer but also children's services.
So anyway, my daughter got another bronchitis attack around the time my husband got sick and her cough got so awful I got desperate. I read the package and it said contact a doctor first, but I settled for checking Web Md types sites to see if other people with asthma/bronchitis were using Mucinex successfully (they were) and also consulting an internet list for drug interactions to make sure that Guaifenesin (the active ingredient in Mucinex) and Albuterol (the active ingredient in most inhalers) were compatible and they are.
Mucinex is not a miracle cure but it is very helpful and does what it says. It kicks the mucus out and this version keeps her from having the debilitating cough that normally goes along with the process. No more sore throat or aching stomach and ribs just from coughing. She doesn't spend so much energy coughing that she can't go to school or has to miss activities.
I've seen some people complain that it leaves them with a lingering cough and thinner mucus, and I can see what they mean. My daughter still coughs but it's better for her to be annoyed by a mild cough that actually clears up her congestion than bed-ridden by a strong one that leaves her wasted, weak and feeling ill. I don't think Mucinex is meant for the common cold. It really is meant as strong medicine for extraordinary congestion.
For my daughter this has been a godsend. It works as the perfect suppressant/ decongestant combo. It keeps her from coughing so hard that she no longer sounds like she's about to hack up a lung, but it doesn't suppress so hard that she's stuck with the phlegm. It actually does help clear her out. Now instead of our ex-trio of humidifier, inhaler, albuterol and waiting days on end, it's Mucinex, tissues, hand sanitizer and off to school with you kid!
If your kid has asthma and/or chronic bronchitis, I can never stress enough the importance of making them wear a hat, gloves, and scarf and the scarf has to be over their mouth and nose and even if you have to do like I did and have a screaming argument every day until your face turns blue and finally end up breaking your favorite vase by throwing it in the fireplace to prove a point which finally resulted in, "Well, ok, mom, dag, if you say so," well so be it.
And for all the times they don't bundle up despite your best efforts, there's Mucinex.