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. (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.)
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. Click here to go to purchase at MDR.
Generic guai (made by Perrigo, found at pharmacies all over like in Walmart and Walgreens) is the one with the compressed sugar and now with blue dye too. Dr St Amand suggests we NOT use this brand because of the blue dye that has shown to stall clearing. ‘Perrigo’ is not necessarily on the box or bottle as this is a generic brand. Always look for 12 hour and Extended Release on the bottle. HG (Hypoglycemic people) could react to the sugar in it. It has approx 1 gram of sugar in 6 pills. If you have the severe symptoms of HG, the generic is not a good idea, again I would suggest the MDR.
**Please note that Dr St Amand is now suggesting that Perrigo/generic guai as well as Mucinex is not appropriate for the protocol due to the blue dye.
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 🙂 He does ask for a prescription, so keep that in mind.
The trouble is mostly at the beginning, the first couple months of titrating your dose to find your clearing dose. Click for: 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 🙂