Guaifenesin Protocol Check list



Learn to recognize Salicylates and Blue Dye. We must avoid these while on the Guaifenesin Protocol for Fibromyalgia!

Salicylates are only something folks need to concern themselves with if they are on the Guaifenesin Protocol. Salicylates block the affect of the Guaifenesin and you may as well not take it if you aren’t changing all your beauty products, etc to Salicylate free ones.

You DO need to check all your beauty products, dental products and everything that touches your skin: These are the things to check: inactive and active ingredients in all meds, protein powders, eye drops, pain creams, flavors, Toothpaste, dental floss(mint), mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, perfume,  any sprays that touch your skin, hair gels, mousse, etc, body wash, hand soap, bubble bath, dish soap for washing by hands (unless you use gloves), DO, antiperspirant, lotion, sunscreen, face wash, face creams, makeup, makeup remover, Razors (aloe strip), shaving cream, nail polish remover, aloe in toilet paper and tissue and anything else you can think of that goes on your skin! You need all these products without Salicylates in them. They WILL block your Guaifenesin from working.

Check out this SalSearch website that will simplify things so much for you! Just enter your ingredients in the box and hit Search 😀

Thanks to Fibrofree and another resource for this great info! I have edited a few things to clarify some new changes 🙂

Please copy this short list and print it or write it on paper and stick in your purse or wallet so you always have it on you!

Guaifenesin Protocol Quick Checklist

Do Not Use topically or orally:

  • Blue and purple dyes (see this post for more info)
  • Any chemical with the syllable SAL  (SALicylate), MEN (MENthol etc), CAMPH
  • SALicylic Acid,  Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) (other acids are fine)
  • Plant name in Latin (example:melissa officinalis gel) or English (example: coconut oil) except CROWS plants: Corn, Rice, Oat, Wheat, Soy
  • Tree bark extracts such as: Pycnogenol, Camphor, Bisabol, Balsam
  • In sunscreens: octisalate, homosalate, mexoryl,  meradimate, ecamsule, anthelios SX, helioplex, alcamfor, Parsol HMS, Parsol EHS
  • Bioflavinoids (Quercetin, Rutin, Hesperiden) in vitamins
  • Mint flavor, or Mentholatum,
  • Caution items: pure black licorice extract, stevia, apple cider vinegar in medicinal amounts,

You must check anything you take as a medication, and every product that you apply to your skin. If you are doing this properly, looking things up should be minimal.

However, if you see:

  • oil, or
  • gel, or
  • extract or
  • butter

and you can’t identify whether it is from an animal, a plant or a mineral, you must look it up in a dictionary or on If it is a plant oil, plant gel or plant extract it will block your guaifenesin, unless it is Corn, Rice, Oats, Wheat or Soy. The reason these are ok is because they are the kernel and not the plant. When it’s just oat protein, Rice bran oil, etc, then it comes from the kernel. They will specify if it’s not from the kernel, like Wheat grass, oat straw, etc. Those WILL block you. Think GREEN=SALS.

If the word or phrase is Latin you may need to search the internet using Google (or any search engine). For example: “pinus sylvestris oil” or ”melissa officinalis gel” or “nepeta cataria extract”. Be sure to enclose the entire phrase in quotation marks. The first entry will usually identify the origin. If it is a plant, it will block guaifenesin.

  • For medications, over-the-counter or prescription, all you need is the chemical name of the medication. It should be on the bottle. If your

medication is a generic (tramadol for Ultram, for example) that IS the chemical name. or any of the drug information websites or any pharmacist can give you the chemical name. If the compound you are checking is a salicylate, the chemical name will reflect that fact. An example is Pepto Bismol which is bismuth subSALicylate.

If you are checking an over-the-counter supplement all you need to do is ask yourself if the supplement is the name of a plant. You cannot take flaxseed or borage oil because they are plants. You can’t take ginseng or Echinacea as those are plants. You CAN take melatonin, malic acid, 5HTP, Co-Q 10 because those are not the names of a plant. You can take any vitamin or mineral (there is no plant named Vitamin A or magnesium) but you must check them for added medicinal herbs or bioflavonoids. (See above for a list).

When using Sublingual vitamins (the kind that dissolve under your tongue) the safest option is to NOT use sublingual ones. Think of this like gum or toothpaste, there are very few safe options.
The point of sublingual vitamins is that they sit under your tongue and get absorbed into the blood stream. they will usually put flavor in there, and flavor enhancers (usually mint/menthal.) And the flavors like berries or something, often have a berry oil in there that will block you. If you MUST have sublingual meds, you MUST call the manufacture and get a complete list of ingredients, even the flavor ingredients.

You must make sure any product that you use in your mouth does NOT contain MINT of any kind including wintergreen, or menthol.

When dealing with protein powders or other items that may contain concentrated plants be sure to look at the ingredients. If the box reads: NUTRITION FACTS you are holding a food and you can have it. If the box reads SUPPLEMENTAL FACTS you are holding a medication and you must check it against the above list as you would any other medication.

Dr. St. Amand has found MANY people are blocking on tea so his current advice is “NO TEA”!! ( 01/2013)

Check the extensive list of Salicylate free products at FibroFree too! Thanks to Cheryl for this GREAT resource, check out their page, esp if you are in the Edmonton Alberta area, she has a great support group that YOU can join!

**Please note that salicylate sensitivity plays a role in this! My website and support group are VERY sal careful, more so than the guaigroup and the book even! We have found certain things to block the salicylate sensitive people (such as PEG 40 with a plant name, Esters, Steviabutters, gums, certain toothpastes) and want to be extremely cautious with what we say is safe or not. Anybody who is being mapped by Dr St Amand or Dr Congdon is a different story, as they have someone who can help them to know when they are blocking. The rest of us who don’t have mappers have to be SUPER diligent so that we don’t block, since we have nobody to catch it if we do!**

Click this link to see complete list of: FAQ about the Guaifenesin Protocol and Salicylates






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21 Responses to Guaifenesin Protocol Check list

  1. Amelia says:

    Hi Christine, thanks for your great article. You mention ginseng, what about maca (called Peruvian ginseng) ? I just bought some yellow maca powder to help my hormones balance out.

    • Christine says:

      Hi Amelia! Yes, peruvian ginseng is still a plant in concentrated amounts, so it will block your guaifenesin from working to reverse your fibromyalgia. Have you looked into bio-identical hormone therapy? It’s excellent and really works!

      • Amelia says:

        Thanks for your knowledgable reply Christine. I don’t have fibromyalgia nor menopause, but I looked up bio identical hormone therapy anyway.
        With the maca, I found that having it with raw milk helps reduce the salicylate effect. And I am only taking the maca on days 1 to 14 of my cycle.

        • Christine says:

          oh awesome!! OK, yep I totally took tons of maca before I went on the protocol too! It really did help with hot flashes for me. 🙂 Are you taking it on the advice of a doc or Naturepath?

          Bio-identical hormones are amazing. Totally help if your hormones are low. I had a hysterectomy when I was young so need something to help with that.

          I have never heard of taking sals with milk to reduce the sals! I am going to have to research that, how interesting!! thanks for sharing! <3

          • Amelia says:

            Hi Christine, no I just read about maca and took it without telling a doctor or naturopath. But I am thinking it may be unnecessary for me as I don’t have an underactive thyroid nor am I menopausal. The only thing about milk is, I think it may cause bad breath, along with white rice, white flour ?

          • Christine says:

            oh yes, I don’t eat any of the white foods so so bad for you! if you’re not sure it’s a hormone issue, maybe see a naturepath! I have been reading lately on detoxing and how all the toxins and simple sugar in our diet will mess with all kinds of things in our bodies! Might be worth a look at for you.

            My husband does fasting for half days regularly and says he feels awesome when he does that. I can’t fast with my adrenal issues and hypoglycemia. If you don’t have any of these issues though, maybe give it a try! There’s some good info on the net about fasting and the health benefits <3

  2. Amelia says:

    Interesting Christine. Are you saying that milk, even raw milk, could be bad for you ? Yes, I try to eat brown everything, although more difficult to digest than white.
    And I have read that sugar is as bad for the liver as alcohol ! In fact, I have stopped eating fruit and surprisingly don’t miss it, I try to make sure I get enough vitamins from vegetables.

    • Christine says:

      oh dear, this is an old comment, sorry I missed it! I have no problem with milk, are you commenting on something from another post maybe? Not like you’d remember now lol!
      and I have totally stopped sugar too, makes such a difference! I do have a small amount of fruit, spaced out through the day. My body seems to tolerate it like that.

  3. Luh says:

    Hello Christine…what hair gel is sal free? I am severely sensitive to salicylates, but i do need a gel for my hairline. Please help.

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