Compare Delsym vs. Advil Congestion Relief
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Delsym (Dextromethorphan) is a good option for treating dry cough. It's not safe to take with MAO inhibitors though.
Advil Congestion Relief (Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) is a good combination medicine to relieve pain and congestion, but it's more medicine than you need if you only have one symptom.
- Good for treating dry cough.
- Available in drugstores either by itself or in combination with other medications to treat cold and allergy symptoms.
- Available as a liquid and a tablet.
- Some products relieve cough for up to 12 hours.
- Advil Congestion Relief (Ibuprofen / Phenylephrine) is a combination medicine that relieves multiple cold and allergy symptoms. It's good to use if you have a stuffy nose, sinus pressure, 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.
- Can't take dextromethorphan if you're taking MAO inhibitors (drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease, depression, and other emotional conditions). If taken together, they will cause dangerously high blood pressure levels.
- If you're taking this in combination with other cold and allergy medications, you should read labels closely to make sure you're not accidentally taking too much of a single ingredient.
- If you don't really need both 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 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.
- Liquid extended release
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- Serotonin syndrome
- Using other medications that affect serotonin
- 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