Compare Delsym vs. Advil Cold And Sinus

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Delsym
(dextromethorphan)

Advil Cold And Sinus
(ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine)

Relieves coughing. Delsym (Dextromethorphan) is a good option for treating dry cough. It's not safe to take with MAO inhibitors though.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.
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Best available price for 120 (30mg/5ml) bottle of oral suspensions of dextromethorphan
Best available price for 20 (200mg/30mg) tablets of ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine
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4.5Delsym
Reviews for Delsym (dextromethorphan)
63%
of people (All ages) say Delsym (dextromethorphan) is worth it
32%
say it works well
12%
say it's a big hassle
127 reviews
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Reviews for Advil Cold And Sinus (ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine)
75%
+12% better vs. Delsym (dextromethorphan)
34%
+2% better vs. Delsym (dextromethorphan)
6%
+6% better vs. Delsym (dextromethorphan)
1464 reviews
Have you used Advil Cold And Sinus (ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine)?
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Delsym side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Advil Cold And Sinus side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Advil Cold And Sinus »
How it works
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Delsym (Dextromethorphan) is a cough suppressant.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.
Type of medication
DelsymAdvil Cold And Sinus
Over-the-counter
Over-the-counter
Available as
DelsymAdvil Cold And Sinus
  • Pill
  • Liquid extended release
  • Pill
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
Detailed Delsym (dextromethorphan) 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 Cold And Sinus (ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine) 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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No interactions related info.
  • 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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No kidneys and liver related info.
  • 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.
Pain
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No pain related info.
  • The pain reliever (ibuprofen) can interact with other medications and make health problems like stomach bleeding and ulcers worse.
Upsides and benefits
DelsymAdvil Cold And Sinus
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides and risks
DelsymAdvil Cold And Sinus
  • 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.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
DelsymAdvil Cold And Sinus
  • 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.
  • 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.
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