ClearLungs effective?

Posted by taya @taya, Mon, Feb 18 10:37am

I had been coughing nonstop for two days, bringing up all sorts of vile stuff. I took one ClearLung and the coughing stopped. My question is..does the ClearLung actually break up the thick mucus or does it act as a placebo, the coughing stops, but the nasty stuff is still in my lungs. I have Bronchiestis.

@taya I have been reading about Lear Lung on this site but have not taken any myself. So I admit I know next to nothing about what it does. The issue I would like to raise is that, with bronchiectasis (which I also have), anything you use should not serve only as a cough suppressant. As bad as coughing may be, it does help to move the mucus that is accumulated in your lungs. If you have productive coughs, that means you are moving some of the mucus up to be expelled. If you have excessive mucus which doesn't get moved, it will become hot bed for trapping MAC bacteria inside those tiny pockets caused by bronchiectasis. MAC infections was called "Lady Windermere Syndrome" initially. Here is the link to an article that helps to understand why those of us who suffer from bronchiectasis shouldn't suppress coughing. https://www.mdedge.com/ccjm/article/102886/geriatrics/lady-windermere-syndrome-mycobacterium-sophistication I'm sure you can find more information on this topic from Google.

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Hello all, I just had my check up with my Pulmo at Stanford, and while there I asked her about clear lung blue. She had never heard of it. She googled it and we looked together. We couldn’t recognize the names of any ingredients. (I plan to look into that further.) She did encourage caution with any supplement that is not FDA approved. She said there are little-to-no restrictions on what can be put in those supplements since they are not regulated.

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@taya I have been reading about Lear Lung on this site but have not taken any myself. So I admit I know next to nothing about what it does. The issue I would like to raise is that, with bronchiectasis (which I also have), anything you use should not serve only as a cough suppressant. As bad as coughing may be, it does help to move the mucus that is accumulated in your lungs. If you have productive coughs, that means you are moving some of the mucus up to be expelled. If you have excessive mucus which doesn't get moved, it will become hot bed for trapping MAC bacteria inside those tiny pockets caused by bronchiectasis. MAC infections was called "Lady Windermere Syndrome" initially. Here is the link to an article that helps to understand why those of us who suffer from bronchiectasis shouldn't suppress coughing. https://www.mdedge.com/ccjm/article/102886/geriatrics/lady-windermere-syndrome-mycobacterium-sophistication I'm sure you can find more information on this topic from Google.

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Thank you for the information. I did read the article and as I suspected I should not surpress the cough so I will ease up on the Clear Lung. I certainly do not want to get a MAC.

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@taya Hi. I think that your thought of action to "not suppress a cough" and "ease up on Clear Lung" are unrelated. Most certainly you should cough up any mucous that you have but I believe (and it is my belief), they do not go hand in hand. My understanding of Clear Lung is that it diminishes the mucous (which is good) and thins it so you can cough it out. Anyone else with thoughts on this???? Kate

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@alleycatkate

@taya Hi. I think that your thought of action to "not suppress a cough" and "ease up on Clear Lung" are unrelated. Most certainly you should cough up any mucous that you have but I believe (and it is my belief), they do not go hand in hand. My understanding of Clear Lung is that it diminishes the mucous (which is good) and thins it so you can cough it out. Anyone else with thoughts on this???? Kate

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Hi Kate! I started using Clear Lungs and it pretty awesome! I believe with everyone it’s different. I do still cough but I bring up a good amount of mucus everyday. It works for me! Thanks Rita.

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@america ….hi Rita….yes i use it daily and think it is great. I was just responding to someone that I think was going to back off of it as she didn't want to suppress her cough. Was not sure that was correct. I was just letting her know that I thought Clear Lung thins the mucous and helps eliminate buildup. Thanks for your imput.

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@alleycatkate

@taya Hi. I think that your thought of action to "not suppress a cough" and "ease up on Clear Lung" are unrelated. Most certainly you should cough up any mucous that you have but I believe (and it is my belief), they do not go hand in hand. My understanding of Clear Lung is that it diminishes the mucous (which is good) and thins it so you can cough it out. Anyone else with thoughts on this???? Kate

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@alleycatkate this is my understanding. It does not suppress a cough
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@taya

Thank you for the information. I did read the article and as I suspected I should not surpress the cough so I will ease up on the Clear Lung. I certainly do not want to get a MAC.

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@taya Hi there. You may want to ask your dr about prescribing 7% sodium chloride and a nebulizer, Sodium chloride is saline or simply distilled salt water. Many of us in this group use it. It is used for lung hygiene, and an added bonus is that mac hates a salty environment. the inhaled saline does two things; it irritates your lungs just enough to induce coughing, and secondly, it thins the mucous so that it comes up easily. Lung clearance is very important to keeping infections down.

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@alleycatkate

@taya Hi. I think that your thought of action to "not suppress a cough" and "ease up on Clear Lung" are unrelated. Most certainly you should cough up any mucous that you have but I believe (and it is my belief), they do not go hand in hand. My understanding of Clear Lung is that it diminishes the mucous (which is good) and thins it so you can cough it out. Anyone else with thoughts on this???? Kate

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Just wondering, is there any benefit to nubulizing with a small amount of vinegar added to the saline solution?

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@taya now that is something they should be investigating. I feel that the vinegar strength may have to 10% which would damage our lungs but something they should try to make it work.

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@taya

I took Clear Lung for the past two days. I have never coughed so much in my life, had no idea there could be so much mucus in my lungs. The downside is that I have had no sleep, therefore feel exhausted. I nebulize every day and exercise. Interested in people’s experience with Clear Lung.

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@taya I've tried clear lung three different times. Had no effect at all. I was disappointed. I know what you mean when you say you are exhausted from the coughing

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@taya

I took Clear Lung for the past two days. I have never coughed so much in my life, had no idea there could be so much mucus in my lungs. The downside is that I have had no sleep, therefore feel exhausted. I nebulize every day and exercise. Interested in people’s experience with Clear Lung.

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@taya You might want to look at this discussion from earlier in the year – https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/clearlungs-effective

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I took Clear Lung for the past two days. I have never coughed so much in my life, had no idea there could be so much mucus in my lungs. The downside is that I have had no sleep, therefore feel exhausted. I nebulize every day and exercise. Interested in people’s experience with Clear Lung.

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Hi @taya you may have noticed I moved your post to this existing discussion you had started on Clear Lung so that all your posts would be in one place. I'd like to thank @fib and @sueinmn for responding to your post.

That must be so frustrating that you have been unable to sleep. @america and @alleycatkate may have more thoughts on this since they last posted about it.

@taya do you feel you are breathing any better as you cough up all of this mucus?

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@taya

I took Clear Lung for the past two days. I have never coughed so much in my life, had no idea there could be so much mucus in my lungs. The downside is that I have had no sleep, therefore feel exhausted. I nebulize every day and exercise. Interested in people’s experience with Clear Lung.

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Hi @taya …I am assuming that you are able to bring the mucus up. ?? When I first started taking Clear Lungs, it was helpful in getting the mucus up. (that was maybe 2 yrs ago) Now…I have so little mucus that it is a rare event that I can get anything up from my lungs. I am not sure if I can attribute that to the Clear Lungs, nebulizing saline or the third possibility is NAC. Perhaps the combined effort of all of the above. When I first began, I would cough up green/yellow balls of what I assumed to be infection…now there seems to be nothing in my lungs or only a little mucus on a rare occasion, nothing like before. I intend to continue all but have actually cut back on my clear lungs to 1 every other day recently as there seems to not be a need. Is your sleep issue because you are coughing so much? I know when I was ragged from no sleep because of an overactive thyroid,(resolved) I would meditate. At least it would give the body rest. Kate

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