Treatment with antihistamine, analgesic and decongestant combination (e.g. Acetaminophen, Chlorpheniramine and Pseudoephedrine). Only 1 valid study conducted, with 201 children. Ineffective and unsafe for younger children. Seems safe, but no better than regular analgesic (e.g. Acetaminophen) for older children.
Look for alternatives to this treatment:
It is very dangerous to younger children, and does not reduce runny nose, stuffy nose and cough in older children. Instead of using it to reduce pain and fever - consider a simple solution (for example - ibuprofen, acetaminophen).
You should prefer combinations with Paracetamol, since they are safer than combinations with NSAIDs (e.g. Advil) . Using NSAIDs may severely damage the kidney, especially to children with hidden kidney disease.
For example: a combination of Acetaminophen, Chlorpheniramine and Pseudoephedrine
Children with cold, 2 to 16 years old
Varies according to combination, age and weight. Stick to the directions on the package or as prescribed by your doctor.
Treatment of Common Cold symptoms
Reduces fever and pain. However, does not seem to improve cough, runny nose and stuffy nose, nor to speed up recovery.
Minor side effects that vary according to combination (for example - dizziness, ,drowsiness, upset stomach, sleep problems, vomiting and dry mouth). Can cause serious harms or death when given to children under the minimal recommended age.
Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).
Symptoms and signs:
Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.
Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.
Antihistamine, analgesic and decongestant combination (OTC)
Visitors at this page also visited
Antihistamine, analgesic and decongestant combination
Antihistamines are drugs which treat allergic rhinitis and other allergies. As an alternative to taking an antihistamine, people who suffer from allergies can instead avoid the substance which irritates them. Antihistamines are usually for short-term treatment. An analgesic or painkiller is any member of the group of drugs used to achieve analgesia, relief from pain. Analgesic drugs act in various ways on the peripheral and central nervous systems. Analgesics include paracetamol (known in North America as acetaminophen or simply APAP), the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as the salicylates, and opioid drugs such as morphine and oxycodone. A decongestants, or nasal decongestant, is a type of pharmaceutical drug that is used to relieve nasal congestion in the upper respiratory tract. The active ingredient in most decongestants is either pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine. (source)
Similar pages on this site
Good to know
What really happens when you mix medications?
Russ Altman, big data techno-optimist and internist
Read how smart choices save lives.
Even when genetic variation directly influences our IQ as well as our health.
The Truth Wears Off: Is there something wrong with the scientific method?
Jonah Lehrer. The New Yorker