Actifed for Children

Actifed® Cold & Allergy (chlorpheniramine maleate and phenylephrine hydrochloride) is an over-the counter medication used to treat symptoms of allergies and the common cold. The medication is approved for use in adults. When using Actifed for children, they must be at least 12 years old; it should not be used in younger children.
Specifically, Actifed is approved to treat the following cold symptoms:
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion.
It is used to treat the following allergy symptoms:
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itching of the nose or throat.
There are also some off-label uses of Actifed, such as relieving:
(Click Actifed Uses for a more in-depth look at using Actifed in children and adults. This article further discusses these uses, describes how the medication works, and covers possible off-label uses).
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