Pros: coated caplets, works on many symptoms, non-drowsy formula
Cons: a temporary solution
I have been using Sudafed for a number of years now to combat my seasonal allergies and colds. A few weeks ago a bug flew into my house leaving with it the sniffles, coughs, runny nose, staph infection, swollen glands and a case of impetigo, to name a few of the ailments we all suffered through. Several new products were introduced to our medicine cabinet during this time, one of them being Advil Cold & Sinus. I first learned of this product when I received a sample.
Advil Cold & Sinus is available in coated caplet form or tablets. I happened to have the caplets, which are a dark brown color and oval shaped. They are easy to swallow and recommended for those over the age of twelve. What I like is that only one tablet is needed every four to six hours. To be honest I was having difficulty lately with the Sudafed due to the way they are packaged. My medicines are stored in a cabinet that is besides the stove and each time I open and pop out a Sudafed it goes flying into the stove someplace. In one weeks time I lost three little red pills, and they are expensive.
After returning home from a four-day stay at the Hospital due to my youngest child being a patient there I experienced aggravating body aches. Besides the annoying pain I was running a fever for two days that was not breaking with the other medicines I was taking. I still had a runny nose and decided to check out what symptoms the Advil Cold & Sinus took care of. I was ecstatic to learn that not only would this work on my nasal passages, but the aches with the fever soon being a distant memory, or so I was hoping.
Advil Cold & Sinus is a nasal decongestant, pain reliever and fever reducer all in one caplet/tablet. This should only be stored at room temperature, which usually means not the bathroom due to the change in temperature experienced along with moisture. The way one of my sample packages was delivered left one of the caplets broken. I could tell the medicine inside is of a white powder.
If after taking one caplet or table the symptoms have not subsided, you can take another one, but do not exceed six in any twenty-four hour period. I will admit that it took almost an hour for the body aches to be gone and the fever did break. None of the other medicines were able to take care of the fever. I did not opt for another caplet and was able to sleep soundly that evening, although the formula for this product is non-drowsy. This is an added bonus because lots of the other cold medicines on the market tend to make you sleepy.
Please not that ibuprofen may cause an allergic reaction that would cause swelling on the face, rash on the body or arms as well as wheezing associated with asthma or shock. Personally I have had asthma and eczema my entire life and was able to take the Advil Cold & Sinus with no adverse reactions.
The active ingredients found in each caplet or tablet of Advil Cold & Sinus are ibuprofen (200 mg) and Pseudoephedrine (30 mg) . The inactive ingredients are: Camauba or equivalent wax, croscarmellose sodium, iron ocides, methylparaben, microcrystalline cellulose, propylparaben, silicon dioxide, sodium benzoate, sodium lauryl sulfate, starch, stearic acid, sucrose, titanium dioxide.
If at any time you experience stomach pain, nervousness, dizziness or sleeplessness when using Advil Cold & Sinus, discontinue use and notify your doctor of the symptoms or call the nurses hotline available within your HMO network or insurance company for directions and assistance. These calls do not cost anything and they are available twenty-four hours a day. Advil is available by calling 1-800-88-ADVIL or checking the website at www.advil.com.
Whenever there is an accidental overdose call poison control immediately. They are listed in phone books and should be noted on your refrigerator or near a phone for emergencies. I have contacted them in the past and they are most helpful. If after three days you are still experiencing a fever it is advised to consult your doctor at this point and stop taking this after seven days if the cold is still lingering.
This is an ideal product to use for occasional headaches, aches associated with a fever, flu and cold symptoms as well as nasal congestion. If you have heart disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and are taking prescription drugs, check with your Doctor or the Pharmacist to check for restrictions or alternative medicines. I know from experience that many over the counter medicines state not to take if you have asthma, but after so many years I know what works within my system and what warning signs to watch out for. It is imperative that you be alert so forfeit the alcohol or limit consuming drinks while using Advil Cold & Sinus.
I know from an experience of years ago, when I consumed beer after taking codeine (that was prescribed by my dentist), that my driving was greatly impaired. I had to stop driving and sleep the night in a friend?s driveway. Of course take the keys out of the ignition or you might get hit with a ticket if someone sees you.
Anyone who takes a MAOI inhibitor, or drugs for depression or to treat psychiatric conditions should not use Advil Cold & Sinus. This also means if you stopped taking any of these within the past two weeks. My ex husband takes anti-psychotic medicines and is an example of someone who should not use this product or any over the counter medicines before consulting a professional. Ibuprofen may cause stomach bleeding. Pregnant women in their last trimester should not take Advil Cold & Sinus. This warning also goes out to nursing mothers as well as consulting your Doctor before taking anything when you are pregnant or nursing.
I was pleasantly surprised that Advil Cold & Sinus worked on my fever and body aches. I would have never thought this would be a product for these symptoms. I usually get watery itchy eyes with my allergies and so far have had those vanish as well as the other ailments when I took one of the coated oval tablets.
A box of Advil comes in the quantity of forty caplets in the price range of five to seven dollars. At some drug stores they sell a box that contains twenty, selling in the four dollar range. They are stored in blister packs in a sealed box with an expiration date on the bottom. Most medicines have a range of one year before this date. This product should not be used when taking other over-the-counter medicines and especially where ibuprofen may be listed as an ingredient as well. The caplets are sold in the red box with the tablets found in the yellow box.