Generic Name: DECONGESTANT/DEXTROMETHORPHAN/ACETAMINOPHEN/GUAIFENESIN -
ORAL Mucinex Cold-Flu & Sore Throat Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
cough, chest congestion, fever, body aches, and stuffy nose symptoms caused by
the common cold, flu, or other breathing illnesses (e.g., sinusitis,
bronchitis). Guaifenesin is an expectorant that helps to thin and loosen mucus
in the lungs, making it easier to cough up the mucus. Dextromethorphan is a
cough suppressant that affects a certain part of the brain (cough center),
reducing the urge to cough. Decongestants help to relieve stuffy nose symptoms.
This product also contains acetaminophen (APAP), a non-aspirin pain reliever
and fever reducer.
This medication is not usually used for ongoing coughs
from smoking, asthma, other long-term breathing problems (e.g., emphysema), or
coughs with a lot of mucus unless directed by your doctor.
This month various news outlets have been trumpeting the announcement of an increased risk of dementia if you’re prone to cold sores. Like so many news announcements that sensationalize information the revelations to come out of Umea University in Sweden actually follow a track of research that has been going on for the past 25 years or so. So let’s take a more careful look at what’s going on.
The herpes simplex virus is extremely common and fairly easy to pass on. Herpes simplex type 1, is the agent responsible for the development of those irritating cold sores, and some estimates suggest that 80 percent or more of us carry it. Some people are regularly troubled by cold sore outbreaks and others aren’t but once the body is infected with the HSV-1 virus it never leaves and so far there is no cure.
The Umea University team is claiming that a reactivated herpes infection effectively doubles the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The suggestion is th...
According to various recent news articles, researchers at
Duke University have made a discovery that could make cold sore sufferers very
happy. They have found that HSV-1,
which is very common and typically causes cold sores on the mouth, produces
microbits of genetic material, called LAT RNA, which cause the virus to lay
dormant in one’s body. When
someone has an outbreak only part of the virus comes to the surface while the
remainder stays latent, possibly growing stronger. So even when one takes an anti-viral, the medication is only
affecting part of the disease, but not the whole. It is this characteristic that makes herpes so hard to get
Scientists believe that if they can design a drug to prevent
the function of LAT RNA, they could potentially wake up the virus in its
entirety. By doing so, the virus
would become fully exposed, and then a herpes sufferer could take Acyclovir,
which would at that point, theoretically, get...
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