Pros: Lasts the full twelve hours. Provides quick relief.
Cons: Slightly expensive.
I am just getting over a sinus infection. I got sick on my return flight from Las Vegas (in spite of the healthy doses of Airborn I was taking). Under the weather from whatever crud I picked up on the airplane, my sinuses soon followed suit. When I realized I was getting worse instead of better, I visited my Family Doctor. Doc prescribed an antibiotic to knock out the infection, and suggested that I purchase Mucinex D to clear my sinuses. He advised that Mucinex used to be a prescription drug but that it is now available over the counter.
While I was waiting at Wal-Mart for my prescription to be filled, I checked out the cough drops (making the very unwise choice of Halls Ginger Ale which is a disgustingly flavored cough drop that made me sicker than I already was). I also checked out the Mucinex, mistakenly grabbing Mucinex DM instead of Mucinex D. I returned to the store the following day to find the Mucinex D but couldn't find it anywhere. I checked several drug stores before finally asking at the Pharmacy. One of the active ingredients in Mucinex D is Pseudophedrine HCI, which is a controlled substance even though you don't need a prescription. Pseudophedrine is one of the ingredients used in the manufacturing of Methamphetamine. In order to purchase this product, I was required to sign a log book and show my Driver's License to the Pharmacist. A box of 18 costs about fifteen dollars, while the box of 36 runs around 22 dollars.
As soon as I got in the parking lot of the drug store, I opened the box and took two of tablets, the recommended dose for an adult. I noticed my sinuses clearing up within an hour or two. It worked quickly, thinning out the mucus and breaking up my congestion. The pressure in my sinuses released and I was able to breathe freely out of my nose. The back side of the caplets are coated to allow for timed release of the active ingredients. Two tablets last twelve hours for a maximum dosage of four tablets within a twenty-four hour period. Once my sinuses began clearing, the relief actually lasted the full twelve hours. I went ahead and took the next dose to prevent pressure building back up in my sinuses while I was sleeping. I slept well and did not experience any sinus problems during the night.
Mucinex D is a bit expensive. At more than a dollar per dose you expect it to get the job done. The Mucinex DM I took is intended to work as an expectorant and suppress your cough. The price on the Mucinex DM is a bit better. 20 tablets run about eight dollars, so you end up paying less than fifty cents per dose. Mucinex D is worth the extra money. For anyone who has suffered through sinus congestion or infection, relief like the kind you get from Mucinex D is money well spent. For some reason Mucinex DM comes in a bottle like Tylenol, while the Mucinex D is packaged individually in blister packs. This makes it convenient to carry extra doses with you without carrying an entire bottle.
Mucinex has been on a mad advertising campaign. I have seen the campy advertisements with the mucus gunslingers and all. I never really paid attention to the product, focusing instead on the silly animation. I'm glad my Doctor actually advised me to purchase this product because I probably would not have purchased it based on the advertising. This product works very well providing long-lasting relief quickly. I would rate Mucinex D five stars out of a possible five.