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Actifed Tablet

Prescription for: Respiratory

Uses of Actifed tablet

Actifed tablet is utilized in the treatment of cold symptoms. It works by narrowing down tiny blood vessels, mitigating blockage or clogging of the nose as well as relieving allergy traits including sneezing, runny nose, itching, inflammation, and watery eyes.

Side Effects Actifed tablet

  • Dryness in the mouth, nose, and throat, headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, upset stomach, and disturbed sleep are the most common of side effects. It is important to inform your doctor if any of these effects persist or worsen because of continued usage. You can take a blood test at home before taking up the medication for best treatment.
  • Mental and mood changes including general confusion and hallucinations, as well as difficulty passing urine, ringing in the ears, and vision impairment can also occur.
  • Immediate medical attention should be sought if you experience side effects such as irregular/fast heartbeat and convulsions.
  • Although serious allergic reactions to the usage of Actifed cold tablets are rare, rashes, itching, inflammation of the tongue/face/throat, and difficulty in breathing are possible side effects.


  • It is best to avoid using Actifed cold tablets if you’ve already been prescribed Antihistamines by your doctor. Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine creams, ointments, and sprays are applied to the skin.
  • Those on blood pressure medications (such as methyldopa, guanethidine), beta-blockers (like atenolol), and calcium channel blockers (like nifedipine) should also avoid usage.
  • Taking Actifed tablets along with MAO inhibitors including selegiline, isocarboxazid, moclobemide, linezolid, phenelzine, methylene blue, procarbazine, safinamide, tranylcypromine, and rasagiline) could result in serious complications. It is also recommended that anyone on MAO inhibitors stop taking them at least two weeks before starting on Actifed tablets.
  • It is important to inform your doctor if you are on products or medications that cause drowsiness, before taking Actifed tablet. These include opioids, pain suppressants, marijuana, alcohol, sleeping pills, muscle relaxants, and anxiety meds (like lorazepam, alprazolam, zolpidem)
  • It is best to avoid taking Actifed medicine if you’re scheduled to undergo any lab or drug tests (including brain scans, urine/stool tests) as it might result in false results. Inform the lab staff and your doctor if you’re doing so.

Dosage Instructions  

  • The use of Actifed tablets is not recommended for children under the age of 12 as it might result in death.
  • The recommended dosage of Actifed tablet for adults and kids over the age of 12 is one tablet every four hours and no more than six tablets every 24 hours.
  • It is important to inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens after seven days of taking Actifed tablets.


  • What is the recommended way (gradually or immediately) to stop using Actifed tablets? 

In order to avoid any undesirable rebound effects of this medicine, it is best that you take this tablet no longer than prescribed by your doctor. You should also stick to the dosage prescribed by your doctor to avoid over-medicating.

  • Are Actifed tablets addictive? 

No, there is no evidence to suggest that usage of Actifed cold tablets is habit-forming. However, like with any medication, you should avoid taking it longer than has been prescribed by your doctor.

  • Can I use heavy machinery or drive when using this product?

If you’re experiencing symptoms such as dizziness/drowsiness and vision problems, it is best that you avoid driving or using heavy machinery at all costs.

  • Should I take Actifed tablets before or after meals? 

Consult your physician on what the most suitable way of taking Actifed medicine is for treating your specific condition. There has been no conclusive evidence to show that Actifed works better on an empty stomach or a full stomach. However, if you experience indigestion after taking the medicine on an empty stomach, you can consume it after meals.

  • What is the recommended duration of usage? 

This depends on the severity of your allergy and its symptoms. You should avoid self-medicating with this medicine as it could have adverse affects. Your doctor will evaluate your condition and prescribe a dosage of the tablet accordingl

  • How long does it take for Actifed Tablets to work and when can I start seeing results?

On an average, it takes about a day or two for the tablet to begin reducing symptoms of your allergy. However, there have also been reports of this medication working on the same day.

  • Is it safe to use Actifed Tablets during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?

Although there is no clinical proof for the adverse effects of Actifed tablets on lactating women, it is highly recommended that you consult your physician before proceeding to take Actifed medicine.

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