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Old 02-27-09, 09:24 PM   #1
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any doctors out there?

An inhaler, which contains albuterol, is a bronchodilator.
Mucinex, loosens phlegm, which will eventually reduce coughing spasms.
They are not the same.

Is this correct?
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Old 02-27-09, 09:33 PM   #2
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I am not a doctor (I'm an asthmatic of many years ), but I can tell you that yes, they are not the same, and you've got it down.
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Mucinex contains guaifenesin (an expectorant) and dextromethorphan (in the case of DM varieties) which is a cough supressant and antihistamine.

Different from a bronchodilator, which opens constricted airways.
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Albuterol can also jack up your blood pressure.
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An inhaler, which contains albuterol, is a bronchodilator.
Mucinex, loosens phlegm, which will eventually reduce coughing spasms.
They are not the same.

Is this correct?
That's correct. Both can help with coughing spasms, though-- it totally depends on why you're coughing. Both mucus/phlegm and bronchospasm can/will make you cough.

I have a sense that there's a bigger question behind this--one you should discuss with a doctor somewhere other than the interwebs. Go see a doctor.
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Albuterol can also jack up your blood pressure.
More heart rate than BP...
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More heart rate than BP...
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