Compare Delsym vs. Unisom
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.
Unisom Sleeptabs (Doxylamine) can help you get a good night's sleep, but you can have a hard time waking up if you don't give yourself enough time to sleep.
- 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.
- Works well to help you fall asleep and doesn't make you feel groggy the next morning.
- Has fewer side effects than prescription sleep aid medications.
- Available over the counter without a prescription.
- Not habit-forming like other sleep aids can be.
- 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.
- Shouldn't be used unless you have a full night to sleep.
- You shouldn't drive after taking Unisom Sleeptabs (Doxylamine) until you know how it affects you.
- Drinking alcohol while taking Unisom Sleeptabs (Doxylamine) isn't recommended.
- It can increase the risk of falls, so elderly people shouldn't use Unisom Sleeptabs (Doxylamine).
- Liquid extended release
- Chewable tablet
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- Serotonin syndrome
- Using other medications that affect serotonin
- Using other drugs with similar ingredients
- Increased side effects
- Age 65 years or older
- Driving impairment
- Taking with alcohol
- Taking other medicines that make you less alert
- Children age 6 years or younger
- Trouble urinating
- Enlarged prostate
- History of bladder problems
- Vision changes
- Nursing mothers