And please, do NOT chew your guaifenesin, this will have the same reaction as the Fast Acting/ Immediate Release guaifenesin.
The correct protocol is as follows (in short):
1. Read the book by Dr St Amand called What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia.
2. replace all your sal-full products and anything that touches your skin with Salicylate Free products. Click this link for getting started on this: http://
3.a Find the correct Guaifenesin to take for the protocol.
4. Take 300mg LONG ACTING pure single ingredient Guaifenesin twice a day (bid) for one week. At this point, check your journal to see if your symptoms have begun to come and go and you have noticed an INCREASE in symptoms. If so, stay at this dose for one month. Then get mapped to see if left thigh is clear and/or check your journal to be sure your increase of symptoms was consistent. IF your symptoms are just like a normal fibro flare, you are likely not clearing. If you are still unsure, you can double your dose and see if it SLAMS you, then you will know your clearing dose is 300mg bid. Remember, you are supposed to have a MANAGEABLE increase in symptoms! Approx 18% will clear at this dose.
Here is some of what the book will tell you about how it feels to find your clearing dose:
“If you’re already tired, you may become exhausted; if you ache, you’ll hurt more. Symptoms that were mild or barely noticeable will suddenly demand your attention.” “you will notice an exacerbation of symptoms…” These are from pg 168 from the book.
Now, if this is you, skip steps 5 and 6.
If you are not being mapped, you will likely need some help figuring out your dose, feel free to contact me and/or join our friendly online Facebook support group 🙂
If, after your first week at 300mg bid you do not feel any different, go on to step 5. (Approx 80% will clear at this dose.)
5. Take 600mg LONG ACTING pure single ingredient Guaifenesin bid (twice a day) for one month. At this point, check your journal to see if your symptoms have begun to come and go and you have noticed an increase in symptoms. OR get mapped to see if left thigh is clear. If not, go to step 6. (Approx 80% will clear at this dose.)
6. At this point, there are few who need to increase their dose, so please re-check ALL your products and everything that touches your skin, make sure it’s all salicylate free! If you are certain you aren’t blocking, begin to Titrate up your dose by 300mg a day taking only upto 2400mg total a day. Keep using your journal and/or map to find your dosage.
If you have questions and don’t understand something we have said, you can join our friendly online Facebook support group 🙂 and/or check out the guaigroup email digest that is run by Claudia (co-author of the book with Dr St Amand). She is your final authority on all things Guaifenesin protocol. Here is a link to signing up with the guaigroup thanks to Sabrina: https://www.facebook.com/notes/fibromyalgia-canada/ instructions-to-subscribe-to-the-free-guaigroup-for-support-on-the-guaifenesin-p/288378221262489
Let me know if you have trouble getting onto the guaigroup digest! email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
Click here for more info on the different Guaifenesins, it totally makes a difference!!
If you are using Mucinex, please note the 100mg Fast Acting layer on the pill, that leaves only 500mg LA. Please also note that you will have to cut your pill in half for the first week to get your 300mg bid dosage. If you are not clearing at 300mg bid, you will need to take 3 Mucinex a day (1 600mg pill in am or pm and 2 600mg pills 12 hours later) to properly clear at the 600mg long acting bid. Mucinex also can mimic clearing, because of the FA layer! 25% do not clear using Mucinex, just to warn you! It is NOT our preferred choice of Guaifenesin!
Click this link to see the list of: FAQ about Salicylates etc 🙂