Compare Advil Cold And Sinus vs. Advil Congestion Relief

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Advil Cold And Sinus
(Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine)

Advil Congestion Relief
(Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine)

Relieves sinus pain and congestion. Advil Cold And Sinus (Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine) is a good combination medicine to relieve pain and congestion, but it's more medicine than you need if you only have one symptom.Relieves pain and congestion. Advil Congestion Relief (Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) is a good combination medicine to relieve pain and congestion, but it's more medicine than you need if you only have one symptom.
Reviews & ratings
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4.95Advil Cold And Sinus
Reviews for Advil Cold And Sinus
75%
of people (All ages) say Advil Cold And Sinus is worth it
34%
say it works well
6%
say it's a big hassle
1464 reviews
Have you used Advil Cold And Sinus (Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine)?
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Reviews for Advil Congestion Relief
73%
+2% better vs. Advil Cold And Sinus
32%
+2% better vs. Advil Cold And Sinus
7%
+1% better vs. Advil Cold And Sinus
1125 reviews
Have you used Advil Congestion Relief (Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Advil Cold And Sinus side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Advil Congestion Relief side effects.

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How it works
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Advil Cold And Sinus (Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine) is a combination medicine that relieves cold symptoms and sinus pressure. Ibuprofen (an NSAID) relieves pain and reduces fever. Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) clears your sinuses.Advil Congestion Relief (Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) is a combination medicine that treats cold and allergy symptoms. Ibuprofen is an NSAID that relieves swelling, pain, and fever. Phenylephrine is a decongestant that clears your sinuses.
Type of medication
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Over-the-counterLower-cost generic availableOver-the-counterNo lower cost generic available
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
Advil Cold And SinusAdvil Congestion Relief
  • History of stomach bleeding or ulcers
  • Age 60 years or older
  • Taking aspirin, NSAIDs, or blood thinners
  • Drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Advil Cold And Sinus (Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine) risks & warnings »
  • History of stomach bleeding or ulcers
  • Age 60 years or older
  • Taking aspirin, NSAIDs, or blood thinners
  • Drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Advil Congestion Relief (Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Interactions
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  • The pain reliever (ibuprofen) can interact with other medications and make health problems like stomach bleeding and ulcers worse.
  • The pain reliever (ibuprofen) can interact with other medications and make health problems like stomach bleeding and ulcers worse.
Kidneys and liver
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  • Advil Cold And Sinus (Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine) contains ibuprofen, an NSAID that can lower kidney function or cause damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Your doctor should check your kidney function if you take Advil Cold And Sinus (Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine) for any amount of time.
  • Advil Congestion Relief (Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) contains ibuprofen, an NSAID that can lower kidney function or cause damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Your doctor should check your kidney function if you take Advil Congestion Relief (Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) for any amount of time.
Upsides and benefits
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  • Advil Cold And Sinus (Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine) is a combination medicine that relieves cold symptoms. It's good to use if you have congestion, sore throat, headache, or fever.
  • Ibuprofen (a pain reliever) is more effective than acetaminophen at lowering fever and relieving sinus pain.
  • Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) clears nose congestion to help you breathe better.
  • Advil Congestion Relief (Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) is a combination medicine that relieves multiple cold and allergy symptoms. It's good to use if you have a stuffy nose, sinus pressure, and pain.
  • The decongestant (phenylephrine) has fewer side effects than other decongestants like pseudoephedrine. It doesn't raise your blood pressure and heart rate as much, or cause as much trouble falling asleep.
Downsides and risks
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  • If you don't need both of the medications in this combination, you'd be taking extra medicine and can have extra side effects for no reason.
  • The pain reliever (ibuprofen) can interact with other medications and make health problems like stomach bleeding and ulcers worse.
  • It's not safe to take ibuprofen if you're pregnant since it increases the risk of heart defects in babies.
  • Pseudoephedrine, the decongestant in Advil Cold And Sinus (Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine), can make your heart race or make you feel anxious and restless.
  • If you don't really need both of the medications in this combination, you're taking extra medicine and might have extra side effects for no reason.
  • Phenylephrine doesn't last as long as other decongestants like pseudoephedrine.
  • You shouldn't use it if you have high blood pressure.
  • The pain reliever (ibuprofen) can interact with other medications and make health problems like stomach bleeding and ulcers worse.
  • It's not safe to take ibuprofen if you're pregnant since it increases the risk of heart defects in babies.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Starts working in 30 minutes.
  • You need to show an ID to buy Advil Cold And Sinus (Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine) in the drugstore because it contains pseudoephedrine.
  • Don't take it if you have an allergy to aspirin since ibuprofen can cause a similar reaction.
  • Take it after eating to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Can cause an irregular or fast heartbeat, and can raise your blood pressure.
  • Be careful taking Advil Cold And Sinus (Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine) if you have a history of bleeding problems or ulcers since it can make them worse.
  • Talk to your doctor if symptoms don't get better in 1 week.
  • Starts working in 30 minutes.
  • Don't take it if you have an allergy to aspirin since ibuprofen can cause a similar reaction.
  • Phenylephrine (the decongestant ingredient) can make you restless, so don't take it too close to bedtime.
  • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than what's recommended on the package.
  • Let your doctor know if your symptoms don't improve in a few days.
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