Types of Guaifenesin for the Protocol

Fibro Pharmacy Guaifenesin

There is much to be said about the different Guaifenesins, and it can be a bit confusing, here is some info on the Guaifenesin that is appropriate for the protocol:

FA: Fast Acting. Also known as Short Acting and Immediate Release. (the kind you can take later on to speed things along, but not sufficient by itself for the protocol.)

LA: Long Acting. Also known as Extended Release (the kind you need to clear on the protocol.)

ok, here are the different brands that work for the Guaifenesin Protocol:

MDR/Fibro Pharmacy Guai (Marina Del Ray Guaifenesin) is in capsules and has Long Acting/Extended Release and also the Fast Acting/ Immediate Release ones. This is your best option for guaifenesin right now unless you live in Canada. It is a good one to start on, as it is reliable and been used for a long long time, They have different kids of capsules, and right now I believe they are using the vegetarian caps, which are easier on our tummies :). Click here to go to purchase at MDR.Ā 

Generic guai (Updated 9/18/17) (found at pharmacies all over like in Walmart and Walgreens) is back in stores and the new ones do not have blue dye! YAY! Make sure you only buy the ones without blue dye since Dr St Amand has seen stalling in clearing from blue dye. Also, They do have some FA/IR in it which makes us need to dose this guai 3x a day instead of the 2x a day like the MDR/FibroPharmacy guai. (Used to be made by Perrigo, but not the new generic ones) Always look for 12 hour and Extended Release on the bottle.

Guai Aid (updated 9/19/17) Guai aid has had a bad rap for alot of years for being all FA/IR. A trusted source has contacted the company and tested out their product for 6 months on more than one person, being mapped by a trained, reliable mapper, and found the 300mg and 600mg Long Acting enough for the protocol. They don’t last the full 12 hours, so need to dose 3x a day instead of 2x a day. Much like generic guai. Make sure you buy the 300mg and 600mg as these are the LA ones. The 200mg and 400mg are only FA, do not use these for the protocol. This is WONDERFUL news for everyone, as this is the cheapest alternative out there.

**Please note that Dr St Amand is now suggesting Mucinex is not appropriate for the protocol due to the blue dye.

Mucinex is the one that we use if there is nothing else. there is a 25% rate of failure to clear using Mucinex, AND with the 100mg FA layer on it, you only get 500mg LA. The FA layer makes it difficult to find your clearing dose because it hits the body hard and fast and can mimic cycling. Many people also do not clear on this brand because of the blue dye that is in it too.Ā  You can find this in many pharmacies around the world. Pro Health is one brand that is basically Mucinex- with the two layers of FA and LA šŸ™‚ Check out this post for more info on: taking Mucinex for the Guaifenesin Protocol.

Estevan Guai is AWESOME but only available for those living in Canada. Long Acting Pure Guaifenesin through Estevan Pharmacy, Victoria BC. Speak with Kyle. Phone number: 1 250 598 2517 He is very kind but will have a lot of questions, he will treat you like his own patient. He sells both LA and FA in many sizes šŸ™‚ He does ask for a prescription, so keep that in mind.

German Guaifenesin MC is a bit of a mystery since we can’t get a straight answer from the pharmacist who makes them. But some in Germany are using this guaifenesin successfully when dosed 3x a day instead of the twice a day as the MDR/Fibro Pharmacy guaifenesin. German LA guai has Guaifenesin MC as the name. MC stands for methylcellulose which causes the guai to become Long Acting . It comes in 150mg MC, 300mg MC, 450mg MC. If it does not have MC beside the name, then it is Fast Acting and not good for the protocol. This is the website for ordering the Guaifenesin MC: http://husarenshop.de/

The trouble is mostly at the beginning, the first couple months of titrating your dose to find your clearing dose. Click for:Ā  Steps to Find Your Clearing Dose.

In the end, everyone is so different and will respond differently to the different brands.

So, any more thoughts on these different guai’s?

Check out my list of other: FAQ for the Guaifenesin Protocol and Salicylates šŸ™‚
Walmart Mucinex

Walmart Mucinex

Guaifenesin CVS Pharmacy

Guaifenesin CVS Pharmacy

Guaifenesin Walgreens

Guaifenesin Equate

Guaifenesin perrigo

Fibro Pharmacy Guaifenesin

Fibro Pharmacy Guaifenesin

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36 Responses to Types of Guaifenesin for the Protocol

  1. I just ordered the 3rd edition of the book (Kindle) and I have been reading/watching youtube videos. I am very excited to get started asap!
    My question is, I have Mucinex D (behind pharmacy) which is Guaifenesin 600mg and Pseudoephedrine Hydrocholoride 60mg.
    It has no blue dye in it, and I looked through the ingredient list and I don’t see anything (newbie eyes looking LOL) that shows it has Salicylates.
    Is this product ok to use? I am only taking 1 pill in the morning, but only started yesterday. I am being careful of eating and also what I am using on my body. I quit using rubs on my leg that is hurting (nodules behind the knee) and just using a heating pad right now to ward off some of the pain.
    I have asked to join your Facebook group, so just patiently waiting to get accepted in.
    I look forward to this new journey I am about to embark on!

    • I made a mistake. It is Walmart brand of the Mucinex D. Not the brand name.

    • Christine says:

      Hey Kathy! How is it going on the protocol? I’ve been in and out of dentist appointments a days drive from home, so it’s been a little harried. Sorry I missed your comment! Are you finding help in fbog? I hope you still have the same excitement! It IS exciting to start to get our lives back and have hope again <3

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