I Was Told By My Pharmacist That Entex Is No Longer Available. What Would Be A Suitable Substitute.

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Asked by Barbara

I Was Told By My Pharmacist That Entex Is No Longer Available. What Would Be A Suitable Substitute.

3 years ago an ENT specialist prescribed Entex for my severe sinusitis. I use it on and off on a regular basis and it has helped tremendously in controlling the pain and congestion and has prevented me from using sick days. It seemed like a miracle drug. Now I find out it is no longer available. Help!! What can I get that would be equivalent and work as well?

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Hi Barbara,

In researching this topic, I found that there are varying forms of Entex, and the different forms seem to have variations in ingredients. So, I'm not sure if all Entex was taken off the market or just one preparation.

According to Drugs.com, there are other alternatives, but I'm not sure if they are all still on the market. Still, you could ask your pharmacist to be sure. (By the way, your pharmacist is always a good source of information on this type of question.)

All of the different forms of Entex appear to have guaifenesin as one of the ingredients. It's an expectorant. It's the decongestant component that varies. One of the types of Entex, Entex PSE, has pseudoephedrine as its decongestant, so I wouldn't be surprised if that's the type you can no longer find. Many, if not all, pseudoephredrine products have been taken off the market because of abuse, including using it as an ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Hope you can find an effective alternative.

To your health,

Kathi