Actifed is a
registered trademarkfor a combination antihistamine( chlorpheniramine maleate) and nasal decongestant( phenylephrine} medication used for cold and allergysymptoms. Developed in 1958by Burroughs Wellcome & Company (now part of GlaxoSmithKline), [ [http://www.gsk.com/about/history-noflash.htm# Our history - About GlaxoSmithKline] ] the product was later acquired by Pfizer, and is currently sold by Johnson & Johnson.
2006 formula change
The original formula for Actifed contained
pseudoephedrinehydrochloride 60 mg as the nasal decongestant and triprolidinehydrochloride 2.5 mg as the antihistamine. However, in response to widespread laws requiring products containing pseudoephedrine to be kept behind the pharmacy counter, Pfizer changed Actifed's formula in late 2006 to contain chlorpheniraminemaleate 4 mg as the antihistamine and phenylephrineHCl 10 mg as the nasal decongestant. [ [http://www.pfizerch.com/faq.aspx?brand=35#FAQ1461 FAQ ] ] Many users of the old formula have complained that the new formula is not as effective at relieving their symptoms. [ [http://www.amazon.com/Actifed-Allergy-Tablets-24-Count-Packages/dp/B000FKJV6Y Amazon.com: Actifed Cold & Allergy Relief Tablets, 24-Count Packages (Pack of 3): Health & Personal Care ] ]
The old version of Actifed is still available behind the pharmacy counter in some states, as well as in some foreign markets, including
Canadaand the United Kingdom. Other brands available behind the counter that use the old formula include Genac and Aprodine.
Actifed was included in the standard medical kit aboard the
United States Apollo missions, and was used during Apollo 7and Apollo 12when crew members developed head cold symptoms. [ [http://history.nasa.gov/SP-368/s2ch1.htm SP-368 Biomedical Results of Apollo] , NASA] When Actifed was made available over-the-counter, former astronauts from the Apollo missions appeared in commercials promoting the product.
* [http://www.brands2liveby.com/product.aspx?id=46 Johnson & Johnson page for Actifed]
* [http://www.drugs.com/actifed.html More information on drugs.com]
ACTIFED old SOLUTIOn rules
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