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Dayquil Cold And Flu

(Acetaminophen / Phenylephrine / Dextromethorphan)

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Relieves cold and flu symptoms.

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Dayquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Phenylephrine / Dextromethorphan) is a useful combination medicine that relieves cold and flu symptoms, but make sure you really need all of its ingredients.

Upsides

  • Dayquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Phenylephrine / Dextromethorphan) 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.
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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 oral 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.
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What to expect when you take Dayquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Phenylephrine / Dextromethorphan)

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  • Phenylephrine, the decongestant, can make you restless, so don't take it too close to bedtime.
  • If you get the liquid form, use the dosing cup to measure the exact amount of medicine you need.
  • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Side effects for Dayquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Phenylephrine / Dextromethorphan)

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Risks and Warnings for Dayquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Phenylephrine / Dextromethorphan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day
    • Taking with other Tylenol-containing medicines
    • History of liver disease

    Dayquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Phenylephrine / Dextromethorphan) contains acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol or APAP, and is a common ingredient in many other over-the-counter medicines. Taking too much acetaminophen causes liver damage that can be permanent and life-threatening. In case of an overdose, call your local Poison Control Center and get medical attention immediately.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Dayquil Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Phenylephrine / Dextromethorphan)

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