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Medications for Cold Symptoms

Drugs associated with Cold Symptoms

The following drugs and medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

What is Cold Symptoms: Symptoms of a viral infection involving the upper respiratory tract and characterized by congestion of the nasal mucous membrane, watery nasal rhinorrhea, and general malaise, with a duration of 3–5 days.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Benadryl Rx/OTC B N X 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines, anticholinergic antiemetics, anticholinergic antiparkinson agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Vicks Nyquil D Cold and Flu Nighttime Relief OTC N N X 5 reviews
8.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / doxylamine / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
diphenhydramine Rx/OTC B N X 4 reviews
7.0

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Brand names:  Benadryl, Benadryl Allergy, Banophen, Benadryl Children's Allergy, Diphedryl, Complete Allergy Relief, Allermax, Ben-Tann, Dicopanol, Diphenhist, Dytan, Dytuss, Scot-Tussin Allergy, Silphen Cough, Theraflu Thin Strips Multi Symptom, Twilite, Valu-Dryl

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines, anticholinergic antiemetics, anticholinergic antiparkinson agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Benadryl Allergy Rx/OTC B N X 1 review
7.0

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines, anticholinergic antiemetics, anticholinergic antiparkinson agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Vicks Dayquil Daytime Cold / Flu OTC N N X Add review Add

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Coricidin HBP Cold & Flu OTC N N X 4 reviews
7.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
chlorpheniramine Rx/OTC B N X 1 review
7.0

Generic name: chlorpheniramine systemic

Brand names:  Chlor-Trimeton, Allergy Relief, Aller-Chlor, C.P.M., Chlo-Amine, Chlor-Mal, ChlorTan, Ed-Chlortan, Ed ChlorPed, PediaTan, Ricobid H, Topco Allergy, Wal-finate

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
Tussionex Pennkinetic Rx C 2 X 12 reviews
8.0

Generic name: chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu Relief OTC N N X Add review Add

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Promethazine DM Rx C N X Add review Add

Generic name: dextromethorphan / promethazine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Actifed Rx/OTC C N X 6 reviews
8.0

Generic name: pseudoephedrine / triprolidine systemic

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Sudafed PE Cold & Cough Rx/OTC N N X Add review Add

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine Rx/OTC N N X 5 reviews
6.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Robitussin Peak Cold Nighttime Nasal Relief, Tylenol Sinus Congestion & Pain Nighttime, Tylenol Plus Children's Cold, Comtrex Severe Cold & Sinus, Contac Cold + Flu (Night Formula), Dristan Cold Multi Symptom Formula, Dryphen, GNP Cold Relief Plus, Protid, Pyrroxate, Tylenol Allergy Multi-Symptom

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Benadryl Allergy Plus Cold Rx/OTC C N X Add review Add

Generic name: acetaminophen / diphenhydramine / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Tylenol Cold OTC N N X 1 review
6.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Banophen Rx/OTC B N X Add review Add

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines, anticholinergic antiemetics, anticholinergic antiparkinson agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Benadryl Children's Allergy Rx/OTC B N X Add review Add

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines, anticholinergic antiemetics, anticholinergic antiparkinson agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Chlor-Trimeton Rx/OTC B N X Add review
6.0

Generic name: chlorpheniramine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Coricidin HBP Maximum Strength Flu OTC N N X Add review Add

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
pseudoephedrine / triprolidine Rx/OTC C N X 7 reviews
8.0

Generic name: pseudoephedrine / triprolidine systemic

Brand names:  Actifed, Aprodine, A-Phedrin, Allerfrim, Allerphed, Altafed, Aphedrid, Biofed-PE, Genac, Hist-PSE, Histafed, Pediatex TD, Trip-PSE, Tripohist D, Vi-Sudo, Zymine-D

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Sudafed PE Sinus & Allergy Rx/OTC N N X Add review Add

Generic name: chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
TussiCaps Rx C 2 X Add review
10

Generic name: chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Severe Rx/OTC N N X Add review Add

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine OTC N N X Add review Add

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu Relief, Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold & Cough, Tylenol Cold Max Day, Theraflu Warming Relief Daytime Severe Cold & Cough, Comtrex Cold and Cough Maximum Strength, Comtrex Cold & Cough, Flu & Severe Cold & Cough Daytime Powder, Little Colds Multi-Symptom, Mapap Cold Formula, Robitussin Peak Cold Daytime Cold + Flu, Sudafed PE Pressure+Pain+Cough

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Cheratussin DAC Rx/OTC C M X 1 review
2.0

Generic name: codeine / guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
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Alternative treatments for Cold Symptoms

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Cold Symptoms. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Cold Symptoms.

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N The drug is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.
2 The drug has a high potential for abuse. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse of the drug may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 The drug has a potential for abuse less than the drugs in schedules 1 and 2. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 3. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 3.
5 The drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs in schedule 4. The drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

Synonym(s): Cold; Common Cold; Coryza

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