Compare Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold and Cough vs. Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime

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Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold And Cough
(Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine)

Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime
(Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine)

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 cold and flu symptoms. Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is good for multiple cold symptoms, but it's more medicine than you need if you only have one symptom.
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How it works
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Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold And Cough (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is a combination medicine that treats cold and flu symptoms. Acetaminophen relieves pain and reduces fever. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. Phenylephrine is a decongestant that clears your sinuses.Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is a combination medicine that treats cold and flu symptoms. Acetaminophen relieves pain and reduces fever. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. Phenylephrine is a decongestant that clears your sinuses.
Type of medication
Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold and CoughTylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime
Pain reliever
Acetaminophen (APAP)
Cough suppressantDecongestantOver-the-counter
Pain reliever
Acetaminophen (APAP)
Cough suppressantDecongestantOver-the-counter
Available as
Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold and CoughTylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime
  • Powder
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Powder
Used for (click to learn more)
Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold and CoughTylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime
Risk factors for serious side effects
Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold and CoughTylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime
  • Drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day
  • Taking with other Tylenol-containing medicines
  • History of liver disease
  • History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • History of smoking
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking MAO inhibitors
  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • History of phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold And Cough (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) risks & warnings »
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking with other Tylenol-containing medicines
  • History of liver disease
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking MAO inhibitors
  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • History of smoking
Detailed Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
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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.

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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.

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Alcohol
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Food
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Kidneys and liver
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Sex
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Sleep
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold and CoughTylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime
  • 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.
  • Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime (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.
Downsides and risks
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  • Phenylephrine doesn't last as long as other decongestants like pseudoephedrine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Phenylephrine doesn't last as long as other oral decongestants like pseudoephedrine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold and CoughTylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime
  • Starts working in about 30 minutes.
  • Dissolve 1 packet in a cup of hot water and use every 4 hours as needed. Don't use more than 5 packets in 24 hours.
  • Let your doctor know if your symptoms don't improve in a few days.
  • 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.
  • Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) starts working in about 30 minutes.
  • If you get the liquid form, use the dosing cup to measure the exact amount of medicine you need.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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