Compare Sudafed vs. Dimetapp Cold And Allergy

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine)

Prescription or OTC
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.

5.3/ 7 average rating with 1740 reviewsforSudafed
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
Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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Reviews
1740 
82%
think this treatment is worth it
45%
think this treatment works well
6%
think this treatment is a hassle

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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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Side effects
The Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Dimetapp Cold And Allergy (Phenylephrine / Brompheniramine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • High blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

  • Heart problems

    History of heart problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Seizures

    History of seizures

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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  • 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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