D = decongestant (for nasal-sinus congestion); DM = dextromethorphan (cough suppressant); G = guaifenesin (thins nasal-sinus mucus). Usually I favor G + D, unless they can't tolerate the D, in either immediate-release or long-acting formulations. * = sale price this week, shop around!
|Ingredients||Trade name||Pill Count per Box||CVS Cost ($)||Walgreens ($)||Walmart ($)||BiLo ($)|
|G||Mucinex 600 mg tablet||20||12.49||12.49||9.48||10.79|
|G||Mucinex 1,200mg Max Strength||14||14.99||14.99||10.54||11.87|
|G, DM||Mucinex DM 600/30||20||14.99||14.49||9.48||11.87|
|G, DM||Mucinex DM 1200/60 Max Strength||14||15.49||14.49||10.54||11.87|
|G, D||Mucinex-D 600/60||18||14.99||14.49||9.92||12.37|
|G, D||Mucinex-D 1200/120 Max Strength||24||26.29||24.99||22.47||25.80.99|
|Mucinex Mini-Melts All formulations||12||9.49||8.99||6.99||7.99|
|G, DM (100, 5)||Mucinex Cough Mini-Melts in Orange Creme flavor|
|G (100mg)||Mucinex Mini-Melts in Bubble Gum flavor|
|Mucinex Mini-Melts in Grape flavor|
|G, D (100, 2.5)||Mucinex Cold liquid in Mixed Berry flavor|
|G, DM (100, 5mg)||Mucinex Cough liquid in Cherry flavor|
|Mucinex liquid in Grape flavor|
Confused? Don't worry, it's part of life. At least your confusion will be based on more current information.
Addendum 4/17/10. A mom pointed out to me, 2 days ago, that the Mini-Melts only have 6 days of medicine. I agree that is aggravatingly little medicine. I think there is a differential of higher cost for the powder form over liquid. It is economics. So I will adjust my recommendations for children, who can't swallow pills. The liquid preparations are available in other products, generic store brands and name brands like the Robitussin line. Check for the proper ingredients.