What is Dextromethorphan-guaifenesin?

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The combination of dextromethorphan and guaifenesin is used to temporarily relieve cough due to minor throat or lung irritation. The ingredients help loosen phlegm, or mucus, in the bronchial pathways to make coughs more productive.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Excess mucus 9 5
Cough 6 3
Doctor recommendation 3 2
Bronchitis 2 0
Chest congestion 2 2
Nasal congestion 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 6
None 14

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dextromethorphan-guaifenesin

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 2
Fatigue 1
Nausea 1
Restlessness 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dextromethorphan-guaifenesin

Dosage Patients
9 mL daily 1
15-400 mg twice daily 1
30 mg-600 mg daily 1
60mg-1,200mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Dextromethorphan-guaifenesin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 7
Did not seem to work 3
Doctor's advice 2
Other 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Dextromethorphan-guaifenesin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking Dextromethorphan-guaifenesin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 14
Usually 4
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 18
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 7
Not specified 12
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3 patient evaluations for Dextromethorphan-guaifenesin

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kaolinten
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kaolinten
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: none
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Feb 21, 2012 (Started Jun 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for control dyskenisia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
strapples
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strapples
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 25
Condition: Rett Syndrome 5 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Rett Syndrome

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May 3, 2011 (Started Apr 29, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Doctor recommendation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 30 mg-600 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
faeroe347
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faeroe347
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See faeroe347's full Dextromethorphan-guaifenesin history

Oct 13, 2010 (Started Oct 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for thick phlegm)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 9 mL Daily
Advice & Tips: It's easy and it works.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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