Pros: relieves symptoms, sleep without feeling groggy upon waking
Cons: have to repeat every four hours
I confess, I am a cold medicine junkie. I don’t stick with one thing but I like to try something new. If I like it, I might purchase it again. If I don’t, I steer clear. Recently we went through a bad spell in the house. In all honesty, it went through the whole Valley. Terrible coughs and congestion. At one point I was throwing a fever as well and contemplated going for a chest x-ray.
As I searched my medicine cabinet, I came across Robitussin Night Time Cough, Cold & Flu. My usual medicine at night has been Nyquil, but I was getting that hangover effect that was making me real groggy for my next shift at work. I needed something I could wake up from and not feel like crawling back under the blankets. The Robitussin intrigued me because of its alcohol-free formula.
The symptoms Robitussin Night Time Cough, Cold & Flu claims to relieve are headache, nasal congestion, sore throat, fever, cough, minor aches and pains, runny nose, sneezing; itchy, watery eyes, and itching of the nose or throat. Now, I didn’t have all of these symptoms, but it was enough that I thought I could take this and get the sleep I needed while getting some relief from my misery.
The active ingredients in Robitussin Night Time Cough, Cold & Flu are Acetaminophen USP 160 mg; Chlorpheniramine Maleate USP 1 mg; Dextromethorphan HBr USP 5 mg; and Phenylephrine HCl USP 2.5 mg. There are plenty of warnings that go along with this, so make sure to read them thoroughly, especially if you are taking any other drugs. A special note for people who are on MAOI drugs – you cannot take this.
I took the recommended adult dose which is 4 teaspoons every four hours. Sounds like a lot, and who is normally going to get up every four hours through the night to repeat the dosage? In my case, I took it when I got home in the morning and if I woke up around noon and didn’t have to worry about getting the kids from the bus stop, I’d take another dose. I think that happened only once, though. The taste wasn't bad. It was a typical cherry syrup but not so harsh as to be repellant. For many people, these syrups are way too sweet and I do understand that. For those people, you might not like it.
My biggest problem was my cough and the chest congestion and tightness in my chest that went along with it. Most of my other symptoms I could tolerate, but the coughing was cutting into my sleep and I was starting to have difficulty with breathing. The Robitussin Night Time Cough, Cold & Flu really helped in that area. Robitussin is a name I immediately think of when I think about cough medicine, and it didn’t disappoint me in that area. I definitely slept better all around. Part of it was due to just not coughing all the time, but it was also due to the formula giving me a little help in that area without making me feel hung-over when I woke up.
As for my cough, it also helped out a great deal with that. I didn't have the tightness in my chest when I woke up after taking this, and my coughing spells had noticeably decreased. My fever also went away and I felt better in general. I still wasn't perfect, but I did feel better.
I tried several different medications during the last three weeks with the nasty cold going around, and this was one that I liked. It was a big help with getting the sleep I needed without leaving me feeling groggy later on. I always think positively of the Robitussin name, and I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase this formula again if I needed it.
This medicine is approved for purchase with a FSA (flexible spending account).
Inactive Ingredients: Artificial Flavor; Citric Acid; FD&C Red No 40; Glycerin; Lactic Acid; Menthol; Natural Flavor; Polyethylene Glycol; Propyl Gallate; Propylene Glycol; Purified Water; Sodium Benzoate; Sodium Citrate; Sorbitol Solution; Sucralose; Each Teaspoon Contains: Sodium 2 mg
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