Compare Sudafed vs. Advil Allergy And Congestion Relief

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Sudafed
(pseudoephedrine)

Advil Allergy And Congestion Relief
(chlorpheniramine / ibuprofen / phenylephrine)

Clears your sinuses. Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) relieves stuffy nose, but it could keep you up at night. Don't forget your photo ID or you won't be able to buy it in the drugstore.Relieves cold and allergy symptoms. Advil Allergy And Congestion Relief (Chlorpheniramine / Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) is an okay combination medicine to relieve pain and congestion. The antihistamine can make you sleepy and the decongestant can keep you awake, so it could affect you either way.
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5.28Sudafed
Reviews for Sudafed
82%
of people (All ages) say Sudafed is worth it
45%
say it works well
6%
say it's a big hassle
1740 reviews
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Reviews for Advil Allergy And Congestion Relief
73%
+9% better vs. Sudafed
30%
+15% better vs. Sudafed
6%
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1437 reviews
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Side effects
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How it works
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Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) is a decongestant. It narrows blood vessels and reduces swelling in your nasal passages to make breathing easier.Advil Allergy And Congestion Relief (Chlorpheniramine / Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) is a combination medicine that treats cold and allergy symptoms. Ibuprofen is an NSAID that relieves swelling, pain, and fever. Chlorpheniramine is an antihistamine that treats runny nose and watery eyes. Phenylephrine is a decongestant that clears your sinuses.
Type of medication
SudafedAdvil Allergy And Congestion Relief
Prescription or OTCOver-the-counter
Available as
SudafedAdvil Allergy And Congestion Relief
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
SudafedAdvil Allergy And Congestion Relief
  • History of high blood pressure
  • History of heart problems
  • Age 65 years or older
  • History of seizures
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) 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
  • Taking with alcohol
Detailed Advil Allergy And Congestion Relief (chlorpheniramine / ibuprofen / phenylephrine) 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.
Alcohol
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No alcohol related info.
  • While taking this, avoid alcohol and other drugs that make you drowsy.
Kidneys and liver
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No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Advil Allergy And Congestion Relief (Chlorpheniramine / Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) 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 Allergy And Congestion Relief (Chlorpheniramine / Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) 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.
Sleep
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  • It can affect the quality of your sleep, so you can't take it too close to going to bed.
No sleep related info.
Upsides and benefits
SudafedAdvil Allergy And Congestion Relief
  • One of the best over-the-counter options to clear stuffy nose and help you breathe better.
  • Clears nasal congestion better than other decongestants like phenylephrine.
  • Can be helpful in relieving congestion-related headaches and pressure in your ears.
  • Available in regular and extended release forms.
  • Advil Allergy And Congestion Relief (Chlorpheniramine / Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) is a combination medicine that relieves multiple cold and allergy symptoms. It's good to use if you have a stuffy nose, sinus pressure, 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.
Downsides and risks
SudafedAdvil Allergy And Congestion Relief
  • Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) can make your heart race or make you feel anxious and restless.
  • It can affect the quality of your sleep, so you can't take it too close to going to bed.
  • Can raise blood pressure so check with your doctor before using it if you have high blood pressure or other heart conditions.
  • Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) isn't as effective after using it for more than 4 days straight.
  • Need to show a photo ID to buy it in the drugstore and there is a limit on how much you can buy each visit.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
SudafedAdvil Allergy And Congestion Relief
  • Starts working in 30 minutes.
  • You need to show an ID to buy Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) in the drugstore because it contains pseudoephedrine.
  • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than recommended on the package.
  • Don't take Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) too close to bedtime since it can keep you awake.
  • Can cause an irregular or fast heartbeat, and can raise your blood pressure.
  • Talk to your doctor if your symptoms don't get better in 1 week.
  • Don't take it if you have an allergy to aspirin since ibuprofen can cause a similar reaction.
  • Chlorpheniramine (the antihistamine ingredient in Advil Allergy And Congestion Relief (Chlorpheniramine / Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine)) 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.
  • Phenylephrine (the decongestant ingredient) can make you restless, so don't take it too close to bedtime.
  • Let your doctor know if your symptoms don't improve in a few days.
  • Don't use in kids age 12 years or younger.
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