Can Mucinex products be used to treat symptoms of COVID-19?

Currently there are no medicines specifically indicated or approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. Where appropriate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do advise appropriate use of over-the-counter medicines to alleviate mild symptoms of COVID-19. These may include cough, fever, headache, runny nose, congestion and sore throat.

 

While Mucinex products are indicated for relief of the aforementioned symptoms, Mucinex products are not specifically indicated for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19. COVID-19 is caused by a specific coronavirus, belonging to a group of viruses which can also result in less serious cold and flu-like illnesses. Because of this, some of the milder symptoms may be common to both COVID-19 and cold or flu and may be similarly relieved by over-the-counter cold and flu remedies such as Mucinex.  The Mucinex family of products contain several active ingredients which are commonly used to treat symptoms of respiratory viral infections.

 

Mucinex products should always be used only as directed. If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms or COVID-19, please discuss with your healthcare professional. You can also visit the CDC website for helpful information by visiting the link https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

The Mucinex product range may include the below active ingredients: 

 

Guaifenesin: Helps loosen mucus and thin bronchial secretions to make coughs more productive. Guaifenesin is indicated for the relief of chest congestions as associated with the common cold

Acetaminophen: Indicated for the temporary reduction of fever and temporary relief of minor aches and pains associated with the common cold and flu

Dextromethorphan: Indicated to quiet cough due to the common cold or inhaled irritants 

Pseudoephedrine/phenylephrine Hydrochloride: Indicated for the temporary relief of nasal congestion due to the common cold or other upper respiratory allergies.

Triprolidine/Diphenhydramine /Doxylamine: Indicated for the temporary relief of runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose or throat, and itchy watery eyes due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies

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References: 

 

1.     CDC. Coronavirus Disease 2019(COVID-19) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

 

2.     COVID-19 facts.com https://www.covid-19facts.com/?page_id=82920