Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, GuaifenesinFibromyalgia  is a complicated condition that can involve all body systems.   There are many so called medication cures available, such as Lyrica, Welbutrin,  and Guaifenesin.

The problem is no medication is without side effects despite what the websites  tell you.   Today we are going to look at one of the most common medical relief care available Guaifenesin.


What is Guaifenesin?

According to Guaifenesin  is an expectorant. It helps loosen congestion in your chest and throat, making it easier to cough out through your mouth.   Guaifenesin is used  to reduce chest congestion caused by the common cold, infections, or allergies.

“Use guaifenesin  exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.”

Do not give guaifenesin to a child younger than 4 years old. Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children. Drink extra fluids to help loosen the congestion and lubricate your throat while you are taking this medication. This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

The City of Hope’s Fibromyalgia Relief Center website  says “We now use guaifenesin  for fibromyalgia because it has no side effects and is even safe for children.”

Really?   No side effects?   Safe for Children?

Well there might be some side effects such as  dizziness; excitability; headache; nausea; nervousness or anxiety; trouble sleeping; weakness.
And sometimes some…
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); difficulty urinating; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; seizures; severe dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache; tremor.

But other than that no big deal?!

Because it helps get rid of uric acid, guaifenesin  was chosen in the 1990s for the experimental guaifenesin protocol – a relief care for fibromyalgia. Proponents of the guaifenesin  protocol believe that it treats fibromyalgia  by removing excess phosphate from the body.   However, a consumer alert on the Fibromyalgia Network’s website ( states that Dr. St. Amand’s claims of guaifenesin’s  effects on fibromyalgia  are groundless, and cites double blind  research by Robert Bennett, M.D. which found no significant differences between guaifenesin  and a placebo in terms of any effect on fibromyalgia or its markers.

Could taking a medication that eliminates phosphates from the body be useful?   If the phosphates are the underlying cause of the Fibromyalgia  symptoms then yes.   But even then, nutritional approaches could do the same thing without all of the side effects.

Fibromyalgia  is obviously a multifactorial  condition.   Chemical, emotional and physical connections are common.   But if the underlying cause is primarily related to the physical body then Guaifenesin or any other chemical approach will have little to no results.

Physical traumas especially to the head and neck are extremely important to make note of and to identify  if an undetected injury to the brain stem could be the cause.   Brain stem pressure from an upper  neck misalignment can be  devastating to the human body.   All body systems can be affected.

If you have been diagnosed  with Fibromyalgia and have a history of head or neck trauma then contact us to schedule your no obligation consultation today!


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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at