Please help me cough!
October 1, 2010 6:24 PM Subscribe
Why doesn't an expectorant help loosen my cough when I have a cold?
posted by mefireader to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have a bad cold with a tight chest. Instead of taking a cough medicine with both an expectorant and suppressant (seems oxymoronic to me), I want to take something that "loosens" the cough and makes it productive: an expectorant, right? But I have tried taking Mucinex and a generic version (containing Guaifenesin) at different times, and it seems to have the opposite effect. My chest tightens, I don't cough, feel dried out and my throat is so dry it's difficult to talk. Exactly the opposite of what I'm looking for. Why?? Anyone have experience with this? Yes, I'll keep drinking tea with honey and trying to breathe over vapor in the meantime.