You would think this would be obvious to me after all these years: always read the ingredients!
I started feeling an ugly tickle in my throat mid-day Friday. Hallmark indicator of an incoming nasal infection/cold/something. I started taking some good ol’ pseudoephedrine as I always do, so my nasal passages can drain, and avoid getting myself a sinus infection. Perusing through the cabinets early Saturday, I discovered I still had some Mucinex DM in there. Awesome! Let’s start taking that! Been popping those every ~12 hours since Saturday evening.
Sunday rolls around, and the congestion is getting worse and worse. I have no idea what is going on, other than whatever this is is rolling in fierce. Tonight, I was actually contemplating taking some extra pseudoephedrine to supplant the Mucinex DM I already took. As I am browsing the cabinet, I find that there is some leftover Mucinex D in the cabinet; my old, go-to staple for colds. Now I am a little confused.
I always used the yellow/orange box. Why am I taking the green one again?
Let us take a quick look at the active ingredients again:
- Mucinex DM
- 600 mg guaifenesin (expectorant, aka phlegm thinner)
- 30 mg dextromethorphan (cough suppressant)
- Mucinex D
- 600 mg guaifenesein (expectorant again)
- 60 mg pseudoephedrine (decongestant, what I need right now)
Woahwoahwoahwoah…I haven’t been taking any pseudoephedrine for the past 36 hours?!?
Shit. It’s no wonder I haven’t had any improvement in my congestion. Well. Glad we got that squared away now.
Take home message of this story? Always know what you’re taking for drugs, and why you’re taking it.