Actifed Old Formula

Actifed® Cold & Allergy is a non-prescription medication used to treat symptoms of allergies and the common cold. It contains two different medications: chlorpheniramine maleate (an antihistamine) and phenylephrine hydrochloride (a decongestant).
The version of Actifed currently available in the United States is different from original Actifed, an old formula that contained triprolidine, instead of chlorpheniramine, and pseudoephedrine, instead of phenylephrine. This change was made in response to new regulations that required pseudoephedrine to be sold behind the pharmacy counter. Some people who were accustomed to the original version feel that the new, reformulated version is not as effective.
While brand-name versions of the old Actifed formula are no longer sold in the United States, generic versions are still available. Just look for products containing 2.5 mg of triprolidine hydrochloride and 60 mg of pseudoephedrine hydrochloride. Your pharmacist can help you find a generic version of Actifed.
(Click Actifed for more information on the difference between the old Actifed formula and the one sold in stores today. This article also explains how Actifed works, provides general dosing guidelines, and offers a list of potential side effects.)
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