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Sudafed Pe Pressure Pain And Cough
(Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine)

Advil Cold And Sinus
(Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine)

Relieves coughing and cold symptoms. Sudafed Pe Pressure Pain And Cough (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is good for multiple cold symptoms, but it's more medicine than you need if you only have one symptom.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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Reviews for Advil Cold And Sinus (Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine)
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Side effects
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How it works
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Sudafed Pe Pressure Pain And Cough (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is a combination medicine that treats cold symptoms. Acetaminophen relieves pain and reduces fever. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. Phenylephrine is a decongestant that clears your sinuses.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
Sudafed PE Pressure Pain and CoughAdvil Cold and Sinus
Pain reliever
Acetaminophen (APAP)
Cough suppressantDecongestantOver-the-counter
Pain reliever
NSAID
DecongestantOver-the-counter
Available as
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Risk factors for serious side effects
Sudafed PE Pressure Pain and CoughAdvil Cold and Sinus
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking with other Tylenol-containing medicines
  • History of liver disease
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking MAO inhibitors
  • History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • History of smoking
  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Sudafed Pe Pressure Pain And Cough (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) 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
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Taking high blood pressure medications
  • Age 65 years or older
  • History of heart problems
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Taking with aspirin
Detailed Advil Cold And Sinus (Ibuprofen / Pseudoephedrine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
Sudafed PE Pressure Pain and CoughAdvil Cold and Sinus
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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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.

See the FDA package insert
Alcohol
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Food
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Kidneys and liver
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  • 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.
Sex
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Sleep
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
Sudafed PE Pressure Pain and CoughAdvil Cold and Sinus
  • Sudafed Pe Pressure Pain And Cough (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 other pain medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • 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
Sudafed PE Pressure Pain and CoughAdvil Cold and Sinus
  • 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.
  • 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
Sudafed PE Pressure Pain and CoughAdvil Cold and Sinus
  • Starts working in about 30 minutes.
  • Phenylephrine, the decongestant, 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.
  • 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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