Compare Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold And Cough vs. Advil Cold And Sinus

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

Relieves cold and flu symptoms.

Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold And Cough (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is good for treating multiple cold and flu 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.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 1464 reviewsforAdvil Cold And Sinus
Upsides
  • Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold And Cough (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is a combination medicine that relieves multiple cold and flu symptoms. It's good to use if you have a stuffy nose, a cough, fever, and pain.
  • Since you're taking this with water, it can help you stay hydrated.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Pill
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75%
saidit'sworth it
34%
saiditworked well
6%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold And Cough (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) 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 risk factors
  • Liver damage
    • Drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day
    • Taking with other Tylenol-containing medicines
    • History of liver disease
  • Chronic cough from an infection
    • History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • History of smoking
  • High blood pressure
    • History of high blood pressure
    • Taking MAO inhibitors
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • Brain damage from too much phenylalanine
    • History of phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Harm to unborn babies
    • Women of childbearing age
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  • Stomach bleeding
    • 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
  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • High blood pressure
    • History of high blood pressure
  • Lower kidney function
    • Kidney disease
    • Heart failure
    • Liver disease
    • Taking high blood pressure medications
    • Age 65 years or older
  • Heart attack or stroke
    • History of heart problems
    • Age 65 years or older
    • Taking with aspirin
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