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Actifed Dry Cough & Nasal Congestion Liquid Filled Capsules

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Generic Name: Dextromethorphan hydrobromide; Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride
Product Name: Actifed Dry Cough & Nasal Congestion Liquid Filled Capsules


Actifed is used to treat the symptoms of a cold or flu (blocked and runny nose) when a non productive cough (no phlegm or mucus) is present.



Nasal decongestant: Congestion causes a blocked and runny nose because the lining of the nose in swollen.  Pseudoephedrine constricts blood vessels in the nose which reduces swelling, congestion and a runny nose.


Helps to stop coughing by inhibiting the cough centre in the brain.

Dose advice

Adults (>12 years)

  • 2 capsules every 4-6 hours

Children (6-12 years)

  • 1 capsule every 4-6 hours


Schedule 2

Common side effects

Possible side effects due to pseudoephedrine tend to be mild and disappear quickly. These include: palpitations, increased heart rate, difficultly sleeping, lightheadedness, dizziness, headache, tremor, nervousness. Serious side effects are very rare. Side effects due to dextromethorphan are rare but may include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness.

Uncommon side effects

Very rare side effects include hallucinations and difficultly urinating.

Allergic reactions are very rare and may occur as a skin rash.

For further information talk to your doctor.

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Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 30 October, 2015


Created by: myVMC