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Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough

(Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine)

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  • Effervescent tablet
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Relieves coughing and cold symptoms.

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Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is good for multiple cold symptoms, but it's more medicine than you need if you only have one symptom.

  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / 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.
  • Phenylephrine (the decongestant ingredient) 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.
  • Dextromethorphan (the cough suppressant ingredient) works well and has very few side effects.
  • 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 aspirin in Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) interacts with many other drugs and health conditions.
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Side effects for Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine)

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What to expect when you take Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) starts working in about 30 minutes.
  • Chlorpheniramine (the antihistamine in Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine)) can make you sleepy, so avoid activities that require you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
  • 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, or if you have a really bad sore throat with a fever, headache, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Don't take Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) if you're pregnant.

Risks and Warnings for Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • 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

    Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) contains aspirin, which can cause serious problems including inflammation, bleeding, and ulcers in the stomach or intestines. The longer you take Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine), the higher the risk is. If you notice blood or a dark/black color in your stool, tell your doctor right away.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold And Cough (Aspirin / Chlorpheniramine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine)

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