Mucinex DM (mucinase) is a digestive enzyme which helps digest food. Mucinex works by breaking down protein into smaller pieces called amino acids. These small fragments are then absorbed through the intestines where they are broken down further into other nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats and vitamins. There are two types of mucinex enzymes: the non-digestive type and the digestion type. Digestion enzymes are used in the body’s breakdown of complex molecules like proteins and fats. Non-digestive enzymes are found in many foods including milk, eggs, meat, vegetables and fruits. They do not contribute to any harmful effects when consumed in moderation. However, eating too much or too quickly can cause stomach upset or even vomiting. If you have a sensitivity to these digestive enzymes then it may be best to avoid them altogether!
The absorption of mucinex enzymes from food is slow so you need to eat them before they are completely digested. The enzyme is then released into the bloodstream where it travels throughout your body. Mucinex is usually broken down within 24 hours but some individuals may take up to 7 days for complete elimination. It is possible that some people may experience mild symptoms after consuming mucinex, however most will feel no ill effects.
Mucinex side effects are not common and most people tolerate this product well. However, since it can affect the entire body, allergic reactions are possible. If you experience any symptoms such as a rash or swelling of the face or tongue, seek medical help right away. These allergic reactions may have an effect on your heart and are a medical emergency. If you have liver disease then you should avoid taking this medication since it may worsen the condition.
Mucinex can also increase the effects of other drugs so caution should be taken when using any medication while on this product.
Mucinex is a safe and effective way to help relieve your cold symptoms. It is an over-the-counter drug, meaning that no prescription is needed and can be purchased at most drug stores. If you have any questions or concerns about this medication then speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
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