Guaifenesin (Mucinex) Nursing Considerations

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Generic Name


Trade Name



Cough suppression, expectorant


Decreases viscosity of and mobilizes secretions

Therapeutic Class

allergy, cold and cough remedies, expectorant

Pharmacologic Class


Nursing Considerations

• patient should avoid over the counter cold medications
• assess lung sounds
• maintain adequate fluid intake

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Okay, let’s take a look at go. Fenin also known as Mucinex. This is an oral medication, as you can see here with the coffin sinus syrup, but it also comes in a pill form. So remember when we were to talking about the therapeutic class of a drug, we are talking about how the drug works in the body while the pharmacologic class is the chemical effect. So Forin the therapeutic class is an allergy cold and cough ity as well as an expectant. And the pharmacologic class is an expectant or mucolytic. So Fenin works by decreasing the viscosity of immobilizes secretions, which is why go Fenin is indicated for cough suppression and as an expectant. So Fenin is actually known for being a pretty well tolerated drug. So the side effects are occasionally seen are GI related, like upset stomach and vomiting. And these usually have to do with patients taking a dose much higher than recommended. 

So let’s take a look at a few nursing considerations for gin, assess your patient’s lung sounds of course, instruct your patients who avoid over the counter cough and cold medications while on venom. Because many of these me medications can overlap and create an medication issue. Also teach the patient to maintain attic, quit fluid intake, to assist with the thinning and Mobil mobilization of secretions. So guys, this is probably super obvious, but Mucinex will not help a patient whose cough is from smoking. So make sure your patient knows that, and guys, this medication should not be used indefinitely. So make sure your patient tells their provider that they are actually taking Musinex and for how long they’ve been taking it, that’s it for ven or Musinex now go out and be your best self today. And as always happy nursing.

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