One of the fibromyalgia treatment options that have been gaining attention is guaifenesin therapy. Guaifenesin fibromyalgia therapy is said to help alleviate some of the painful symptoms.
What is Guaifenesin?
Guaifenesin is a common ingredient in various cough syrups. The main purpose of guaifenesin is to treat the congestion associated with common colds. It was in 1952 that the FDA approved the use of guaifenesin. Today, you can find guaifenesin in the market under several brand names, such as Robitussin, Fenesin and Humidid.
Is Guaifenesin Fibromyalgia Treatment Effective?
Some health experts believe that guaifenesin therapy is effective at minimizing some of the most common fibromyalgia symptoms. It works by reducing the calcium phosphate deposits, which have negative effects on the patient’s health. A clinical professor from the University of California believes that excess phosphate causes fibromyalgia. Thus, based on this theory, taking low doses of guaifenesin may alleviate the pain brought by fibromyalgia. This includes muscle tension and other types of muscle pain.
However, many argue that there is a lack of scientific evidence to support such a claim. In 1996, a double blinded and placebo controlled study was done. This study showed that phosphate levels and fibromyalgia symptoms were the same among individuals who administered guaifenesin and those who were given placebo.
Due to the risks and the lack of scientific research, you should talk to your doctor before you considering guaifenesin for fibromyalgia. Additionally, fibromyalgia patients who are pregnant and those who are trying to get pregnant must discuss with their doctor for alternative treatment. This is because guaifenesin can harm the development of the baby in the womb. Moreover, it is your doctor who determines the proper dosage, given your individual circumstances. The dosage ranges from 300 mg taken twice a day up to 2,600 mg once a day.
Side Effects And Risks Of Guaifenesin Fibromyalgia treatment
Some of the most common side effects with guaifenesin therapy are vomiting, dizziness, rashes and stomachache. Inform your doctor immediately if you suffer from these symptoms.
Others may also suffer from the more extreme side effects such as difficulty in breathing and swelling of face, tongue and lips. When these happen, stop taking the medication and seek medical treatment immediately. Moreover, you should avoid using topical treatments, especially those contain herbal ingredients and aloe, while undergoing guaifenesin therapy.