Compare Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough vs. Dayquil Cold And Flu

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Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine)

Over-the-counter
Relieves coughing and cold symptoms.

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is good for multiple cold symptoms, but it's more medicine than you need if you only have one symptom.

Relieves cold and flu symptoms.

Dayquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Phenylephrine / Dextromethorphan) is a useful combination medicine that relieves cold and flu symptoms, but make sure you really need all of its ingredients.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 1034 reviewsforDayquil Cold And Flu
Upsides
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is a combination medicine that relieves multiple cold symptoms. It's good to use if you have a stuffy nose, a cough, fever, and pain.
  • Phenylephrine (the decongestant ingredient) 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.
  • Dextromethorphan (the cough suppressant ingredient) works well and has very few side effects.
  • Dayquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Phenylephrine / Dextromethorphan) is a combination medicine that relieves multiple cold symptoms. It's good to use if you have a stuffy nose, a cough, fever, 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.
  • The pain reliever (acetaminophen) is easier on your stomach and has fewer drug interactions than other pain medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.
Downsides
  • If you don't really need all 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 aspirin in Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) interacts with many other drugs and health conditions.
  • If you don't really need all 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 oral decongestants like pseudoephedrine.
  • You shouldn't use it if you have high blood pressure.
  • To avoid hurting your liver, you have to keep track of the total amount of acetaminophen (APAP) you're taking since it's a very common ingredient in pain and cold/flu combination medicines.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Effervescent tablet
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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think this treatment is worth it
38%
think this treatment works well
5%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Dayquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Phenylephrine / Dextromethorphan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Stomach bleeding

    History of stomach bleeding or ulcers

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Driving impairment

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Harm to unborn babies

    Women of childbearing age

  • Reye's syndrome

    Age 18 years or younger

  • High blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Using other medications that affect serotonin

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  • Liver damage

    Drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • High blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Using other medications that affect serotonin

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Chronic cough

    History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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