Is Robitussin for diabetics ok to take while on dialysis?
This question is best asked of your nephrologist or a pharmacist who knows your medical history (be sure to tell them about both the diabetes and the dialysis).
On RXlist.com, I found this:
Guaifenesin (NOTE: the active ingredient in Robitussin) is well tolerated and has a wide margin of safety. Side effects have been generally mild and infrequent. Nausea and vomiting are the side effects that occur most commonly. Dizziness, headache, and rash (including urticaria) have been reported rarely
If nausea & vomiting occur, they can interfere with your diabetic control. If you’ve taken Robitussin before without having these side effects, it may be okay for you.
A new article http://www.channel3000.com/news/5989647/detail.html?rss=c3k&psp=news suggests that most over-the-counter cough medicines don’t work anyway, and are not worth the money. They suggest using a product that contains a decongestant, like pseudoephedrine or brompheniramine–and that any medication labeled “non-drowsy” is not likely to work for an adult cough. Again, ask your nephrologist & pharmacist if products with these ingredients are safe for you to take–and if you take something that makes you drowsy, avoid driving.