Why does Mucinex smell like millipedes?
July 24, 2011 7:22 PM Subscribe
Why does guaifenesin (aka Mucinex) smell like millipedes?
posted by zennie to science & nature (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Last year I had to take Mucinex so I could breathe after I got really sick. It was great because it worked, but horrible because it smelled (and maybe tasted?) like what I remember as the odor of millipedes. I have a pretty sensitive palate/nose, but I don't know much about how the sense of smell works when it comes to smell-alike chemicals.
I looked up the structure of guaifenesin
and tried to find out more about the structures of the chemicals secreted by millipedes
(Google search), but that's as far as I could get. Why might these things smell alike?