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Brotapp
(Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine)

Sudafed Pe
(Phenylephrine)

Relieves congestion and allergy symptoms. Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine) is okay for treating congestion, but it could make you really tired or keep you wide awake.Clears your sinuses. Sudafed Pe (Phenylephrine) is a good medication for relieving stuffy nose. It doesn't work as well as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), but it has fewer side effects.
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Side effects
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How it works
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Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine) is a combination medicine that relieves allergy and cold symptoms. Brompheniramine (an antihistamine) treats runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes or skin. Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) clears your sinuses.Sudafed Pe (Phenylephrine) is a decongestant. It narrows blood vessels and reduces swelling in your nasal passages to make breathing easier.
Type of medication
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DecongestantAntihistamine
1st generation
Over-the-counter
DecongestantPrescription or OTC
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Nasal spray
  • Eye drops
  • Suppository
Used for (click to learn more)
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you drowsy or 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 Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine) risks & warnings »
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking MAO inhibitors
  • History of heart problems
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Sudafed Pe (Phenylephrine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
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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.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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Alcohol
  • While taking this, avoid alcohol and other drugs that make you drowsy.
No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
Kidneys and liver
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
Sex
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Sleep
  • Brompheniramine (the antihistamine) can make you dizzy and drowsy. It could increase the risk of falls for elderly people.
  • While taking this, avoid alcohol and other drugs that make you drowsy.
  • Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine) can make you drowsy and lower your ability to focus, think, and react. Avoid activities that require you to be alert, such as driving a car or operating machinery, until you know how this medication affects you.
  • Shouldn't use it before you want to sleep.
Weight
No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
Upsides and benefits
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  • Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine) is a combination medicine that relieves cold and allergy symptoms. It's good to use if you have congestion, watery eyes, and sneezing.
  • Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) clears nose congestion to help you breathe better.
  • Brompheniramine (an antihistamine) helps relieve itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing.
  • Works to clear nasal congestion and helps you breathe better.
  • Helpful in relieving congestion-related headaches.
  • 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.
  • Doesn't give you rebound congestion (worse symptoms when you stop taking it) like nasal spray decongestants do.
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.
  • Pseudoephedrine (the decongestant) can make your heart race or make you feel anxious and restless.
  • Brompheniramine (the antihistamine) can make you dizzy and drowsy. It could increase the risk of falls for elderly people.
  • The two ingredients in this medication can make you either really tired or keep you wide awake. See how it affects you before doing anything important.
  • Phenylephrine doesn't last as long as other decongestants like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed).
  • You shouldn't use it if you have high blood pressure.
  • Can make your heart race or make you feel anxious and restless.
  • Shouldn't use it before you want to sleep.
  • Not as effective after using it for 4 days in a row.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Brompheniramine (the antihistamine ingredient in Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine)) can make you sleepy, so avoid activities that require you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
  • While taking this, avoid alcohol and other drugs that make you drowsy.
  • Pseudoephedrine (the decongestant ingredient) can make you restless, so don't take it too close to bedtime.
  • Can cause an irregular or fast heartbeat, and can raise your blood pressure.
  • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than recommended on the package.
  • You need to show an ID to buy Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine) in the drugstore because it contains pseudoephedrine.
  • Starts working in 30 minutes.
  • Phenylephrine can make you restless, so don't take it too close to bedtime.
  • It's in other cold and flu combination medicines. Read labels closely so you don't accidentally double up and take too much of it in a day.
  • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take.
  • Let your doctor know if your symptoms don't improve in a few days.
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