Compare Advil Congestion Relief vs. Dimetapp Cold and Allergy

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Advil Congestion Relief
(Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine)

Dimetapp Cold And Allergy
(Phenylephrine / Brompheniramine)

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.Relieves congestion and allergy symptoms for kids. Dimetapp Cold And Allergy (Phenylephrine / Brompheniramine) is good for multiple nasal symptoms, but it can make you really drowsy.
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Reviews for Advil Congestion Relief (Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine)
73%
of people say Advil Congestion Relief (Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) is worth it
32%
say it works well
7%
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Side effects
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How it works
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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.Dimetapp Cold And Allergy (Phenylephrine / Brompheniramine) is a combination medicine that relieves allergy and cold symptoms. Brompheniramine (an antihistamine) prevents allergy symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes or skin. Phenylephrine (a decongestant) clears your sinuses.
Type of medication
Advil Congestion ReliefDimetapp Cold and Allergy
Pain reliever
NSAID
DecongestantOver-the-counter
DecongestantAntihistamine
1st generation
Over-the-counter
Available as
Advil Congestion ReliefDimetapp Cold and Allergy
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
Advil Congestion ReliefDimetapp Cold and Allergy
Risk factors for serious side effects
Advil Congestion ReliefDimetapp Cold and Allergy
  • 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
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Taking high blood pressure medications
  • Age 65 years or older
  • History of heart problems
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Taking with aspirin
Detailed Advil Congestion Relief (Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) risks & warnings »
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking with other medicines that make you less alert
  • Women of childbearing age
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking MAO inhibitors
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Glaucoma
  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)
Detailed Dimetapp Cold And Allergy (Phenylephrine / Brompheniramine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
Advil Congestion ReliefDimetapp Cold and Allergy
NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

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.

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NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

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.

See the FDA package insert
Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
Sex
No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
Sleep
No specific sleep-related info.
  • Brompheniramine (the antihistamine) can cause dizziness, drowsiness, dry eyes/mouth, and constipation.
Weight
No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
Upsides and benefits
Advil Congestion ReliefDimetapp Cold and Allergy
  • 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.
  • Dimetapp Cold And Allergy (Phenylephrine / Brompheniramine) is a combination medicine with a decongestant and an antihistamine that's helpful in treating nasal symptoms related to cold and allergy.
  • Brompheniramine (the antihistamine) is useful for itchy eyes, runny nose, or constant sneezing.
  • Phenylephrine (the decongestant) is good for relieving congestion.
Downsides and risks
Advil Congestion ReliefDimetapp Cold and Allergy
  • 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.
  • If you don't really need both of the medications in this combination, you'd be taking extra medicine and might have extra side effects for no reason.
  • Brompheniramine (the antihistamine) can cause dizziness, drowsiness, dry eyes/mouth, and constipation.
  • Phenylephrine (the decongestant) doesn't last as long as other oral decongestants like pseudoephedrine, but can cause jitteriness.
  • The two medications in this medicine can somewhat work against each other, with one making you sleepy and the other making you jittery.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Advil Congestion ReliefDimetapp Cold and Allergy
  • 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.
  • Only use the provided dosage cup to measure the medicine. Don't use a spoon.
  • Follow the age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than what's recommended on the package.
  • Talk to a doctor if the symptoms don't get better in 1 week.
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