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Dimetapp Cold And Allergy (Phenylephrine / Brompheniramine)

Over-the-counter
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.

4.5/ 7 average rating with 24 reviewsforDimetapp Cold And Allergy
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.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 1464 reviewsforAdvil Cold And Sinus
Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
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Reviews
24 
58%
think this treatment is worth it
29%
think this treatment works well
8%
think this treatment is a hassle

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1464 
75%
think this treatment is worth it
34%
think this treatment works well
6%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Dimetapp Cold And Allergy (Phenylephrine / Brompheniramine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Advil Cold And Sinus (Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Driving impairment

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • High blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Antihistamine side effects

    Age 65 years or older

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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  • Stomach bleeding

    History of stomach bleeding or ulcers

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • High blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

  • Lower kidney function

    Kidney disease

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Heart attack or stroke

    History of heart problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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