Relieves cold and flu symptoms. Alka-Seltzer Plus Day Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is good for multiple cold symptoms, but it's more medicine than you need if you only have one symptom.
Relieves coughing. Delsym (Dextromethorphan) is a good option for treating dry cough. It's not safe to take with MAO inhibitors though.
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Alka-Seltzer Plus Day Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is a combination medicine that treats cold and flu symptoms. Acetaminophen relieves pain and reduces fever. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. Phenylephrine is a decongestant that clears your sinuses.
› Alka-Seltzer Plus Day Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / 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.
› 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 to other pain medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.
› Good for treating dry cough.
› Available in drugstores either by itself or in combination with other medications to treat cold and allergy symptoms.
› Available as a liquid and a tablet.
› Some products relieve cough for up to 12 hours.
Downsides and risks
Alka-Seltzer Plus Day Cold and Flu
› 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.
› To avoid hurting your liver, you need to keep track of the total amount of acetaminophen (APAP) you are taking since it is a very common ingredient in pain and cold/flu combination medicines.
› Can't take dextromethorphan if you're taking MAO inhibitors (drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease, depression, and other emotional conditions). If taken together, they will cause dangerously high blood pressure levels.
› If you're taking this in combination with other cold and allergy medications, you should read labels closely to make sure you're not accidentally taking too much of a single ingredient.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Alka-Seltzer Plus Day Cold and Flu
› Alka-Seltzer Plus Day Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) starts working in about 30 minutes.
› Phenylephrine (the decongestant ingredient) can make you restless, so don't take it too close to bedtime.
› Contains acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol or APAP. Taking too much can cause liver failure and death. Don't take more than what's recommended on the package or with other Tylenol-containing products.
› Let your doctor know if your symptoms don't improve in a few days, or if you have a really bad sore throat with a fever, headache, nausea, or vomiting.
› Cough suppressant starts working in 15 to 30 minutes.
› Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than the recommended dose.
› If your cough lasts more than 7 days, call your doctor.