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Mucinex

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This is an OTC med to thin mucus I have a chest infection..I hope this area is the correct area..I took the med last night and my urine STILL smells of this med..sorry to be gross.....Um isnt over 25 hrs a bit long?

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Assuming you took the basic Mucinex, the active ingredient is Guaifenesin (sounds like bat guano, doesn't it?) which has a half life of 1 hour. That means that it should be pretty much out of your system by 5 - 6 hours.

The another Mucinex form have Dextromethorphan as an added ingredient, and I'm unable to find a half life for it. The third has pseudoephedrine, which I do not believe would cause any odor.

I'm unable to account for your description. I've always thought that the body has a particular odor during severe colds, and differents colds have different 'tastes' to me. The body is having to break down and eliminate the massive amounts of viruses, as well as digesting the mucus that you swallow. So it is not unreasonable that there could be changes to the odor of urine.

Hope you feel better,

a.m.

Edited by AirMarshall

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Thanks AM it lasted like 30 some hours I dont smell it now and YES that is the main ingredient...that G stuff :) So thats the correct med... I have the 12 hr sustained release ones.....but still UGHH....It really did smell JUST like the tabs...maybe my kidneys are a tad off...I didnt take anymore of them but may tomorrow it's either breath or stinky urine ;)

I wonder too if ice tea can mess with it I do drink buckets of iced tea a day.....

Edited by BenzoBabe

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12 hour release, oh, ok. BTW, I forgot to mention that guaf. is excreted thru the kidneys and not all of it gets metabolized, so there is some unchanged med in the urine, which could have the same odor.

a..m.

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Cool thanks so much AM I can get into semi panics...OK make that panic over things like this....and I do not like to go to the docs :) I DO like my doc but would rather not know I have any issues so I avoid her all I can ;)

AGAIN, THANK YOU..

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In fact it is very true it DOES smell just like it!! I was having the same thing happen and thought I was nuts! So here I am looking it up online and low n behold lots of the same story.

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