Expectorant vs Nasal Decongestant

Expectorant
(OTC)
Nasal Decongestant
(OTC)
Expectorant is a mucus relief medication.
Nasal Decongestant is a cough & cold medication.
Satisfaction Score
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4.6
Very Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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4.0
Very Satisfied
Helpfulness
for Cough
4.7
Concern level
1.3
Concern level
1.5
Approval Date
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Not Available
Not Available
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
10,093 Discussions
3,878 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Cough
#2 for Congestion
#3 for Bronchitis
#4 for Flu
Expectorant is approved for Cough and is mostly mentioned together with this indication.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Allergy
#3 for Common Cold
#4 for Cough
#5 for Congestion
#6 for Flu
#7 for Runny Nose
#8 for Sneezing
#10 for Rhinitis
Nasal Decongestant is approved for Allergy, Nasal Congestion, Common Cold, Cough, Congestion, Flu, Runny Nose and Sneezing and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Exp
Vomiting
8
Nausea
6
Dizziness
3
Cancer
3
High Blood Pressure
2
Depression
2
Ear Infection
2
Dehydration
2
Diabetes
2
Burning
2
Nas
Addiction
8
High Blood Pressure
5
Dry Mouth
3
Nose Bleeds
3
Palpitations
2
Withdrawal Symptoms
2
Apnea
2
Tachycardia
2
Diabetes
1
Paranoia
1
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Expectorant
Exp
Nasal Decongestant
Nas
Vomiting
Exp
Nas
8
0
Nausea
Exp
Nas
6
0
Dizziness
Exp
Nas
3
0
Cancer
Exp
Nas
3
0
High Blood Pressure
Exp
Nas
2
5
Depression
Exp
Nas
2
0
Ear Infection
Exp
Nas
2
0
Dehydration
Exp
Nas
2
0
Diabetes
Exp
Nas
2
1
Burning
Exp
Nas
2
0
Addiction
Nas
Exp
8
0
High Blood Pressure
Nas
Exp
5
2
Dry Mouth
Nas
Exp
3
0
Nose Bleeds
Nas
Exp
3
0
Palpitations
Nas
Exp
2
0
Withdrawal Symptoms
Nas
Exp
2
0
Apnea
Nas
Exp
2
0
Tachycardia
Nas
Exp
2
0
Diabetes
Nas
Exp
1
2
Paranoia
Nas
Exp
1
0
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted 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).
Category 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.
Category 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.
Category 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.
Category 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.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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C Category C
Before taking Expectorant during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
C Category C
Before taking Nasal Decongestant during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Expectorant and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between Nasal Decongestant and alcohol.
Method of use
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Pill
Inhalation, Pill, Syrup
Dosages
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Liquid: 100 mg/5 mL
Tablet: 200 mg
Tablet: 10 mg, 60 mg, 2.5-60 mg, 12-75 mg, 30-500 mg
Syrup: , 1.25-30 mg/5 mL, 2-12.5 mg/5 mL
Capsule: 12-120 mg, 30-200 mg
Inhaler: 50 mg
Solution: 6.25-50 mg/mL
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
Follow manufacturer's instructions re:take with food because food may affect absorption
Ingredients
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Guaifenesin
Phenylpropanolamine Hcl/Chlorpheniramine Maleate, Pseudoephedrine Hcl/Triprolidine Hcl, Levmetamfetamine, Guaifenesin/Phenylpropanolamine Hcl, Phenylpropanolamine Hcl/Brompheniramine Maleate, Pseudoephedrine Hcl/Brompheniramine Maleate, Guaifenesin/Pseudoephedrine Hcl, Xylometazoline Hcl, Phenylephrine Hcl, Pseudoephedrine Hcl, Oxymetazoline Hcl
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Expectorant and Nasal Decongestant: Moderate Interaction. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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