Over-the-counterLower-cost generic availableClass: Respiratory

Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold And Cough 

(acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine)

Over-the-counterLower-cost generic availableClass: Respiratory
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Relieves cold and flu symptoms.

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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.

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.

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.
How it works

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.

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Side effect rates for Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold And Cough (acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine)

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Risks and Warnings for Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold And Cough (acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day
    • Taking with other Tylenol-containing medicines
    • History of liver disease

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

Common concerns from people taking Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold And Cough (acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold And Cough (Acetaminophen / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) contains aspartame (phenylalanine). People who have phenylketonuria (PKU) can't break down the amino acid phenylalanine. It builds up and causes serious medical problems. If you have PKU, don't use this product.
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
Pain
  • The pain reliever (acetaminophen) is easier on your stomach and has fewer drug interactions than other pain medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • 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.