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Q: What is a comparable medicine to Drixoral cold and allergy

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JB, Editor
5/28/08 10:42am

Drixoral is a combination antihistamine and decongestant.

Decongestants work for colds because they relieve stuffy noses and chests.

Antihistamines are what work on allergies -- they relieve the sneezing, itchy eyes, itchy throat and runny nose.


Trinalin is also a combination decongestant and antihistamine like Drixoral.

 

There's also Alavert (which contains loratadine, an antihistamine, and pseudoephedrine, a decongestant).

 

Most other allergy drugs are antihistamines or corticosteroids (which are taken to reduce inflammation and swelling in the nasal passages).

You can find a list of allergy medicines by clicking this blue text.

 

You should ask your pharmacist about more drugs, their side effects and drug interactions.

 

Also, understand that colds and allergies are two completely different things.

 

Colds are caused by a virus and the symptoms (runny nose, cough, sore throat, congestiong, etc.) usually don't last more than a week.

 

Allergies, on the other hand, are caused by an immune system reaction to typically harmless things (pollen, proteins in food, dust, etc.). Symptoms can last as long as your exposed to the allergens. They may also occur at the same time every year, when certain pollens are prominent in the environment.

 

So, a cold medicine isn't necessarily designed for allergy relief. Likewise, allergy medicine isn't designed to treat allergy symptoms.

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Moetsch, Community Member
10/18/12 1:17am

Anyone else experience the consequences of the unavailability of Drixoral?  I accepted it until I found some Drixoral as old as 5 years AND it still works!  None others work well.  The following is part of a letter that I have written to my Congressman/woman, the President of the US, and the FDA.  I would like to revisit the issue.

 

Quite a few years ago, and after going through a myriad of allergy medications, my doctor found one that relieved my allergies, Drixoral.  

 

It is my understanding that Drixoral has been indefinitely discontinued because one of its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, can be used to make methamphetamine. 

 

Since then once again I am going through the process of trying different allergy medicines. None work satisfactorily and I suffer frequently as a result. Recently I found some old Drixoral and have been taking it. Even though it expired years ago it still works. I had forgotten what it was like to be allergy free. The fact that Drixoral has been pulled off the market and no suitable substitute is available is a problem not only for me but for many, many others. I have been on several user forums and know that others still suffer with no relief or suggested alternatives. Supposedly Drixoral is available from other, questionable sources. I have not tried any of these yet but probably will soon. This puts me at risk of getting bad medicine. I don’t understand why Drixoral can’t be prescribed and regulated like other controlled substances. 

 

I've recently written my Congressman/woman, the President of the USA, and the FDA.

 

I'm hoping to get this issue revisited.

 

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Jean, Community Member
11/11/12 9:51am

Drixoral is the only decongestant that works for my family and myself. I'm looking again for somewhere to buy it. Mexico maybe?

 

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REBECCA GILDER, Community Member
6/ 2/08 11:56am

What is a comparable medicine to Drixoral cold an allergy and why is it not available for

purchase anymore?

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rmjshaggydog, Community Member
10/ 2/09 10:35pm

I ORDER MINE FROM CANADA. PRICE PRETTY COMPARABLE TO WHAT I USED TO PAY IN THE US, AND NO CHARGE FOR SHIPPING. TRY TRUMEDCANADA.COM. THIS IS NOT A SCHEDULED DRUG AND THERE ARE NO RULES AGAINST IMPORTATION OF OTC DRUGS, AS I UNDERSTAND IT.

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bhumane, Community Member
12/ 9/11 8:21pm

I went to trumedcanada.com and it appears they charge $9.99 for shipping?

Do you know something about this?  How did you get free shipping?

 

thanks

 

 

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bhumane, Community Member
12/ 9/11 8:21pm

I went to trumedcanada.com and it appears they charge $9.99 for shipping?

Do you know something about this?  How did you get free shipping?

 

thanks

 

 

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bhumane, Community Member
12/ 9/11 8:21pm

I went to trumedcanada.com and it appears they charge $9.99 for shipping?

Do you know something about this?  How did you get free shipping?

 

thanks

 

 

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Moetsch, Community Member
10/18/12 1:18am

Anyone else experience the consequences of the unavailability of Drixoral?  I accepted it until I found some Drixoral as old as 5 years AND it still works!  None others work well.  The following is part of a letter that I have written to my Congressman/woman, the President of the US, and the FDA.  I would like to revisit the issue.

 

Quite a few years ago, and after going through a myriad of allergy medications, my doctor found one that relieved my allergies, Drixoral.  

 

It is my understanding that Drixoral has been indefinitely discontinued because one of its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, can be used to make methamphetamine. 

 

Since then once again I am going through the process of trying different allergy medicines. None work satisfactorily and I suffer frequently as a result. Recently I found some old Drixoral and have been taking it. Even though it expired years ago it still works. I had forgotten what it was like to be allergy free. The fact that Drixoral has been pulled off the market and no suitable substitute is available is a problem not only for me but for many, many others. I have been on several user forums and know that others still suffer with no relief or suggested alternatives. Supposedly Drixoral is available from other, questionable sources. I have not tried any of these yet but probably will soon. This puts me at risk of getting bad medicine. I don’t understand why Drixoral can’t be prescribed and regulated like other controlled substances. 

 

I've recently written my Congressman/woman, the President of the USA, and the FDA.

 

I'm hoping to get this issue revisited.

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Moetsch, Community Member
10/18/12 1:19am

Anyone else experience the consequences of the unavailability of Drixoral?  I accepted it until I found some Drixoral as old as 5 years AND it still works!  None others work well.  The following is part of a letter that I have written to my Congressman/woman, the President of the US, and the FDA.  I would like to revisit the issue.

 

Quite a few years ago, and after going through a myriad of allergy medications, my doctor found one that relieved my allergies, Drixoral.  

 

It is my understanding that Drixoral has been indefinitely discontinued because one of its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, can be used to make methamphetamine. 

 

Since then once again I am going through the process of trying different allergy medicines. None work satisfactorily and I suffer frequently as a result. Recently I found some old Drixoral and have been taking it. Even though it expired years ago it still works. I had forgotten what it was like to be allergy free. The fact that Drixoral has been pulled off the market and no suitable substitute is available is a problem not only for me but for many, many others. I have been on several user forums and know that others still suffer with no relief or suggested alternatives. Supposedly Drixoral is available from other, questionable sources. I have not tried any of these yet but probably will soon. This puts me at risk of getting bad medicine. I don’t understand why Drixoral can’t be prescribed and regulated like other controlled substances. 

 

I've recently written my Congressman/woman, the President of the USA, and the FDA.

 

I'm hoping to get this issue revisited.

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Charles Thompson, Community Member
10/26/10 1:22pm

I have taken loratadine, but have better results with drixoral

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Charles Thompson, Community Member
10/26/10 1:23pm

I have taken loratadine, but have better results with drixoral

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Moetsch, Community Member
10/18/12 1:18am

Anyone else experience the consequences of the unavailability of Drixoral?  I accepted it until I found some Drixoral as old as 5 years AND it still works!  None others work well.  The following is part of a letter that I have written to my Congressman/woman, the President of the US, and the FDA.  I would like to revisit the issue.

 

Quite a few years ago, and after going through a myriad of allergy medications, my doctor found one that relieved my allergies, Drixoral.  

 

It is my understanding that Drixoral has been indefinitely discontinued because one of its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, can be used to make methamphetamine. 

 

Since then once again I am going through the process of trying different allergy medicines. None work satisfactorily and I suffer frequently as a result. Recently I found some old Drixoral and have been taking it. Even though it expired years ago it still works. I had forgotten what it was like to be allergy free. The fact that Drixoral has been pulled off the market and no suitable substitute is available is a problem not only for me but for many, many others. I have been on several user forums and know that others still suffer with no relief or suggested alternatives. Supposedly Drixoral is available from other, questionable sources. I have not tried any of these yet but probably will soon. This puts me at risk of getting bad medicine. I don’t understand why Drixoral can’t be prescribed and regulated like other controlled substances. 

 

I've recently written my Congressman/woman, the President of the USA, and the FDA.

 

I'm hoping to get this issue revisited.

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Mel, Community Member
6/ 2/08 2:37pm

I don't have an answer for this question - actually I'm looking for a Drixoral replacement, too.  But, I did just find out that Drixoral will be back on the market next year - I called Schering-Plough and was told that it's unavailable due to moving to a different production site... or something like that.  So... if we can all just deal with not being able to breathe comfortably until 2009... everything's ok!!Tongue out

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Moetsch, Community Member
10/18/12 1:20am

Anyone else experience the consequences of the unavailability of Drixoral?  I accepted it until I found some Drixoral as old as 5 years AND it still works!  None others work well.  The following is part of a letter that I have written to my Congressman/woman, the President of the US, and the FDA.  I would like to revisit the issue.

 

Quite a few years ago, and after going through a myriad of allergy medications, my doctor found one that relieved my allergies, Drixoral.  

 

It is my understanding that Drixoral has been indefinitely discontinued because one of its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, can be used to make methamphetamine. 

 

Since then once again I am going through the process of trying different allergy medicines. None work satisfactorily and I suffer frequently as a result. Recently I found some old Drixoral and have been taking it. Even though it expired years ago it still works. I had forgotten what it was like to be allergy free. The fact that Drixoral has been pulled off the market and no suitable substitute is available is a problem not only for me but for many, many others. I have been on several user forums and know that others still suffer with no relief or suggested alternatives. Supposedly Drixoral is available from other, questionable sources. I have not tried any of these yet but probably will soon. This puts me at risk of getting bad medicine. I don’t understand why Drixoral can’t be prescribed and regulated like other controlled substances. 

 

I've recently written my Congressman/woman, the President of the USA, and the FDA.

 

I'm hoping to get this issue revisited.

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wss4940, Community Member
6/ 9/08 1:35pm

I have found that a combination of Sudafed 12 hour decongestant and Chlor-Trimeton (antihistamine) work reasonably well.  I had a few days of headaches and nausea while switching to the new antihistamine but nothing like I got when I tried others.  You do have to take the Chlor-Trimeton every 4 hours but I've since it seems to work the best for me it is worth it.  I've also found that using the generatic equivalent of both makes it less expensive too. 

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Moetsch, Community Member
10/18/12 1:20am

Anyone else experience the consequences of the unavailability of Drixoral?  I accepted it until I found some Drixoral as old as 5 years AND it still works!  None others work well.  The following is part of a letter that I have written to my Congressman/woman, the President of the US, and the FDA.  I would like to revisit the issue.

 

Quite a few years ago, and after going through a myriad of allergy medications, my doctor found one that relieved my allergies, Drixoral.  

 

It is my understanding that Drixoral has been indefinitely discontinued because one of its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, can be used to make methamphetamine. 

 

Since then once again I am going through the process of trying different allergy medicines. None work satisfactorily and I suffer frequently as a result. Recently I found some old Drixoral and have been taking it. Even though it expired years ago it still works. I had forgotten what it was like to be allergy free. The fact that Drixoral has been pulled off the market and no suitable substitute is available is a problem not only for me but for many, many others. I have been on several user forums and know that others still suffer with no relief or suggested alternatives. Supposedly Drixoral is available from other, questionable sources. I have not tried any of these yet but probably will soon. This puts me at risk of getting bad medicine. I don’t understand why Drixoral can’t be prescribed and regulated like other controlled substances. 

 

I've recently written my Congressman/woman, the President of the USA, and the FDA.

 

I'm hoping to get this issue revisited.


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Jackie, Community Member
6/23/08 1:40am

I read on another site that Trinalin and Alavert are similar.  I couldn't find them today, so bought a CVS version of Zyrtec-D.  I hope it works.  I'm hoarding my last two Drixoral.  I've been taking it for over 30 years--can't wait for it to come back on the market. 

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Moetsch, Community Member
10/18/12 1:21am

Anyone else experience the consequences of the unavailability of Drixoral?  I accepted it until I found some Drixoral as old as 5 years AND it still works!  None others work well.  The following is part of a letter that I have written to my Congressman/woman, the President of the US, and the FDA.  I would like to revisit the issue.

 

Quite a few years ago, and after going through a myriad of allergy medications, my doctor found one that relieved my allergies, Drixoral.  

 

It is my understanding that Drixoral has been indefinitely discontinued because one of its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, can be used to make methamphetamine. 

 

Since then once again I am going through the process of trying different allergy medicines. None work satisfactorily and I suffer frequently as a result. Recently I found some old Drixoral and have been taking it. Even though it expired years ago it still works. I had forgotten what it was like to be allergy free. The fact that Drixoral has been pulled off the market and no suitable substitute is available is a problem not only for me but for many, many others. I have been on several user forums and know that others still suffer with no relief or suggested alternatives. Supposedly Drixoral is available from other, questionable sources. I have not tried any of these yet but probably will soon. This puts me at risk of getting bad medicine. I don’t understand why Drixoral can’t be prescribed and regulated like other controlled substances. 

 

I've recently written my Congressman/woman, the President of the USA, and the FDA.

 

I'm hoping to get this issue revisited.

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myrainybaby, Community Member
6/23/08 2:18pm

I have been ging crazy trying to find drixoral i been taking it for years now. Other allergy medicines just don't seem to help like drixoral does. I'm trying zyrtec-d now but i've been having a headache.Frown Hope this headache goes away soon. I've ordered drixoral thru cananda... its on back order hope it comes soon. Why isn't any stores able to get drixoral lately?????Cry

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Bill A, Community Member
11/16/09 2:59pm

As a former Drixoral product manager for Schering-Plough, I can tell you that the best option is to buy the product from Canada.  That has the same decongestant (pseudoephedrine) and antihistamine (dexbrompheniramine) as you find in the U.S.  However, if you can't wait that long, a good alternative is to buy Sudafed, which has the same decongestant as Drixoral, and Chlor-Trimeton, which has a similar antihistamine as Drixoral.  It's unfortunate that these companies don't think of their customers first when they change manufacturing locations or merge operations, like Merch and Schering-Plough have done this year. 

 

Hope that helps. If you have any other questions, send an email to amiraultb@yahoo.com

 

Bill

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KT, Community Member
4/30/10 11:16pm

I have used antihistimines for more than 25 years, and the dexbrompheniramine in Drixoral is the only one that works, period. I live in Oregon (USA) where pseudophed is a prescription drug.  I have a  prescription for the pseudophed and I can take that, but it's not a real antihistamine. I got Drixoral last year from a Canadian online pharmacy, and had it pre-paid and shipped to my local pharmacy. They are no longer willing to have it shipped to them, even though they held the prescription for Drixoral, so now I have to try shipping it to my home address, and maybe fax a copy of the prescription with my order to a Canadian store, so everybody knows that my posession and use of it in Oregon is totally legal.

Apparently lots of people were able to buy up cheap versions of pseudophed, grind it up and somehow made money by selling a concentrated version of it. This makes no sense to me, but that's the story.  I continue to struggle to be a good customer of this product, even though it's expensive and Medicare won't cover it because they say it's not a prescription medication...and here I am in the middle.

Thanks for your information. Chlor-Trimeton, as good a product as it is, is NOT the same as the antihistaming in Drixoral, for me.  kt

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Moetsch, Community Member
10/18/12 1:22am

Anyone else experience the consequences of the unavailability of Drixoral?  I accepted it until I found some Drixoral as old as 5 years AND it still works!  None others work well.  The following is part of a letter that I have written to my Congressman/woman, the President of the US, and the FDA.  I would like to revisit the issue.

 

Quite a few years ago, and after going through a myriad of allergy medications, my doctor found one that relieved my allergies, Drixoral.  

 

It is my understanding that Drixoral has been indefinitely discontinued because one of its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, can be used to make methamphetamine. 

 

Since then once again I am going through the process of trying different allergy medicines. None work satisfactorily and I suffer frequently as a result. Recently I found some old Drixoral and have been taking it. Even though it expired years ago it still works. I had forgotten what it was like to be allergy free. The fact that Drixoral has been pulled off the market and no suitable substitute is available is a problem not only for me but for many, many others. I have been on several user forums and know that others still suffer with no relief or suggested alternatives. Supposedly Drixoral is available from other, questionable sources. I have not tried any of these yet but probably will soon. This puts me at risk of getting bad medicine. I don’t understand why Drixoral can’t be prescribed and regulated like other controlled substances. 

 

I've recently written my Congressman/woman, the President of the USA, and the FDA.

 

I'm hoping to get this issue revisited.

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myrainybaby, Community Member
6/23/08 2:23pm

missing drixoral Cry

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Moetsch, Community Member
10/18/12 1:23am

Anyone else experience the consequences of the unavailability of Drixoral?  I accepted it until I found some Drixoral as old as 5 years AND it still works!  None others work well.  The following is part of a letter that I have written to my Congressman/woman, the President of the US, and the FDA.  I would like to revisit the issue.

 

Quite a few years ago, and after going through a myriad of allergy medications, my doctor found one that relieved my allergies, Drixoral.  

 

It is my understanding that Drixoral has been indefinitely discontinued because one of its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, can be used to make methamphetamine. 

 

Since then once again I am going through the process of trying different allergy medicines. None work satisfactorily and I suffer frequently as a result. Recently I found some old Drixoral and have been taking it. Even though it expired years ago it still works. I had forgotten what it was like to be allergy free. The fact that Drixoral has been pulled off the market and no suitable substitute is available is a problem not only for me but for many, many others. I have been on several user forums and know that others still suffer with no relief or suggested alternatives. Supposedly Drixoral is available from other, questionable sources. I have not tried any of these yet but probably will soon. This puts me at risk of getting bad medicine. I don’t understand why Drixoral can’t be prescribed and regulated like other controlled substances. 

 

I've recently written my Congressman/woman, the President of the USA, and the FDA.

 

I'm hoping to get this issue revisited.


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myrainybaby, Community Member
6/24/08 6:05am

The zrytec-d has been giving me a headache & making me nautious.

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Jackie, Community Member
6/30/08 1:07pm

I wanted to let everyone know that I found some Drixoral.  I ordered it from CanadaPharmacy.com.  The box says Cold and Sinus, but the ingredients are the same and the pills are the same green color.  The cost is $13 for a box of 20, plus $5 shipping.  I ordered them online on June 25, and received them on July 1. 

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Marcy, Community Member
7/17/09 3:02pm

Canada Pharmacy does not carry anymore and are sending out a substitute from Turkey.  Beware.

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csquared9, Community Member
10/29/10 12:14pm

Anything shipped from any country across borders has to meet federal regulations.  I'm not sure if you know how far the administrations responsible for food and drug distribution dig into things.  As an employee of a generic pharmaceutical company in Michigan, we get routine visits from the FDA to look into any and all documentations about any of our drug products.  If a Canadian pharmacy has the right to distribute a drug, it has to meet federal standards, which are quite close to standards in the United States.  The drugs being manufactured in Turkey has no bearing on the quality of the medicine or the inactive ingredients and does not make it dangerous. 

 

Think about things logically.  No one has to "beware" anything. 

 

BE CAREFUL EVERYONE!  RAW MATERIALS FOR DRUG PRODUCTS CAN COME FROM CHINA, INDIA, OR ANY NUMBER OF OTHER COUNTRIES!  THIS MUST IMMEDIATELY MEAN THAT ANY DRUG IN WHICH THOSE INGREDIENTS ARE USED ARE TAINTED!  Except that makes no sense.  If you believe that, you had better stop using any medicine and eating any food at all.

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scooter mom, Community Member
7/ 3/08 1:42pm

I am trying to find Drixoral or something that has the same ingredients.  I have taken this for years, first prescribed by my doctor and allergists and then over the counter.  I get extremely dizzy and nauseos when I do not take it.  My ears really hurt because of the pressure or fluid build up.  I did order some at canadapharmacy.com but it is twice the price I normally pay.

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Lenice, Community Member
7/ 6/08 12:44pm

myhusband swears by Drixoral and I was informed at WalMart that you no longer make Drixoral. What do you suggest as a substitute?  Why are you no longer making Drixoral?

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Kimballsnbits, Community Member
7/ 6/08 4:57pm

My Husband also has been taking Drixoral for about 20 years. He says there is no comparrison for the headache relief. We too have been getting Drixoral Cold and Sinus from Canada (CanadaPharmacy.com). It came back to Walgreens in the past few months then dissapeared again. We order three boxes at a time @ $13.00 a box plus $5 shipping. Total = $44 which equates to about $14.60 a box. Although it is expensive, my husband won't allow our medicine cabinet to be without it. It still is cheaper than some prescription medicines that don't even work for him. We too are looking for the day when our local Walgreens will carry it again. What can we do?

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Jani, Community Member
7/11/08 10:33pm

I don't know about all of y'all, but it seems to me that they are just trying to push us into paying the higher dollars for our pain......they have taken every thing off the market, that will help us allergy victims survive everyday life...But, it didn't all happen till the pulled out the expensive zyrtecD!  I was hurting the other day so bad I thought I better just go buy some...The charge was $20.99 for 10 pills, I just about died, I have to take one every nite before bed just to make it thru the next day...well needless to say I left Wal-mart without them cause I just can afford that:(

 

So now we went from $5.99 to $9.00 for 20 to $20.99 for 10....How sad it that?

 

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janet farrell, Community Member
7/12/08 7:56pm

what is comparable to drixoral

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Nancy Hauff, Community Member
7/14/08 1:17pm

What is a comparabel medicine to Drixoral cold and allergy.  I have been taking this medicine since 1963 and cannot find anything that works for me.  What other medicine would have similar ingredients.

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daml0510, Community Member
7/16/08 9:37am

I take the store brand (CVS or Walmart) of Actifed.  It has the antihistamine and the decongestant.  It works just as well as Drixoral.  But the only problem I have is that the "actifed" is a 4 to 6 hour pill.  I always forget to take it at lunch time and end up with sinus headaches in the afternoon.  It was so much easier taking the 12 hour Drixoral.  Pop one in in the morning and I was good to go all day.

 

I too am going to call the manufacturer.  Maybe if enough of us call, they will get the hint.  They don't have an email address except for the "media contacts"

 

1-908-298-4000

 

And of course, it's not toll free!!

 

I thought of Zyrtec-D myself, but I'm not going to pay that much.  I could get 20 Drixoral for $7 at Walmart.

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daml0510, Community Member
7/16/08 9:48am

Just called the manufacturer.  After several "push this, push that number", I spoke to Dale.  And he gave me the same answer of changing the location of the production.  They don't have a definite date of when it will be back, but it won't be by the end of this year.  He did take my name and address, and they will send me a notice when Drixoral will be available.

 

In the meantime, I've set the alarm on my cell phone to go off at lunchtime so I remember to take my actifed!!

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laurie, Community Member
7/18/08 10:16am

I heard the were reformulating from my Wal-Mart here in texas. I hope they are relocating. However with three of us taking them it was agravating to have to get them from the pharmacy window. We could only get one box at a time, because of meth heads. M.y husband and I have both had headaches for several weeks now. I bought zyrtec, it didn't work! Not worth the money.

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Jerry Yarnall, Community Member
7/18/08 1:02pm

What is a comparable medicine to Drixoral Cold & Alleergy?

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ophthalm33, Community Member
7/19/08 7:30pm
Drixoral is dexbrompheniramine and pseudoephedrine, the latter the DEA decided to regulate, ie make difficult to buy, to decrease illegal methamphetamine production. You have to show a photo ID and sign a log book to get a small quantity. Some drug makers reformulated to use phenylephrine, less-effective, but unregulated. Drixoral and other regulated OTC sales plummeted from the difficulty involved in buying and the essentially non-visible location behind the counter, not to mention all the legal hassles. Unfortunately the nonsedating newer antihistamines do not work as well for many allergy/cold suffers because they are less potent and lack the anticholinergic effect of dexbrompheniramine and brompheneramine which is what dries up the post nasal drip/throat tickle (and also causes the sedating effect). Also with lack of pseudophedrine, its decongestant effect will be muted. I would not hold my breath for either dimetapp or drixoral coming back anytime soon, as sales to the masses not the few is what counts. Basically, you can thank the druggies for abusing and the DEA for killing Drixoral, Dimetapp, and many other effective OTC meds as they are interested in fighting their drug war, and could care less about collateral damage to cold/allergy sufferers. Reply
Kimballsnbits, Community Member
9/ 5/08 9:12am

Drixoral Cold and Allergy has just gone up to $46.00 a box for 20!!! Talk about price gouging! Just a few months ago it was only about $14.00 a box!  *********FYI - the decongestant in Drixoral is the exact same as Walmart's Equate brand "12 Nasal Decongestant" found only at the pharmacy counter. It is the time realease factor that works so well for most people compared to regular pseudoephed. Hope this helps because we no longer can afford to get our Drixoral through Canada anymore at those prices.

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Kimballsnbits, Community Member
9/ 5/08 9:19am

 www.AmeriCanaMeds.com has it for about $26.  a box.

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Warrior0fLight, Community Member
9/ 5/08 12:12pm

At the moment there really isn't any medicine comparable to Drixoral.  Why, you ask?  Because Drixoral uses pseudophedrine SULPHATE while all the rest use pseudophedrine HCI (hydrocloride?).  This seemingly minor difference makes all the difference in the world to certain types of allergy/cold sufferers.

 

I have yet to locate any medicine that contains the 'sulfate' version of pseudophedrine.

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Gene, Community Member
9/ 6/08 11:27am

After 30 years of taking Drixoral I was miserable for about two months until I found relief with zertec (10 mg) and pseudophedrine HCI.  Each morning I take one of each and I get about 24 hours of relief.  I tried several different combinations and nothing worked until I tried this combination.  Hope this helps you.

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trumome, Community Member
10/26/11 4:12pm

I tried Zyrtec and it made my ears stuff up immediately, then they were ringing for about a day and a half.  Had to attribute that experience to the Zyrtec (i think it was probably Zyrtec D, the decongesting formula), and ended up throwing them away.  What a waste of $20.  They should sell smaller samples so people can try out before committing to full supply.

 

Isn't there a medicine, generic would be fine, that is just plain old dexbrompheniramine? Then we could take it with a sudafed (still available here in Bay Area after jumping thru all kinds of hoops, giving a vial of blood, signing over your firstborn child, and the mortgage on your house, just to have ten or twenty of them, which will last most people less than two weeks.)  I don't know why I'm being persecuted for actions by the few who make a living ruining other people's lives (meth).  I hate being made to feel like a criminal, when all I want is relief from sinus/allergies/headaches/etc.

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gwen vanaman, Community Member
9/ 7/08 2:17pm

whay replaces drixoral

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Steve, Community Member
9/13/08 2:00pm

I went to Walgreens and was told to take Wal-Phed 12 hour and Wal-Hist together

would be about the same as drixoral. I did this and it worked the same. Wal-phed is the same as Sudafed 12 hour. 

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timkimchin, Community Member
9/28/10 11:34pm
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sheila, Community Member
9/16/08 8:54am

I have been taking Drixoral since before it became available over the counter. Alevert-D is the closest allergy medicine available over the counter to Drixoral. Here I thought I was the only one not finding it on shelves anymore, good to hear it is coming back out cause it is the best for me and for my son! 

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Michael Kays, Community Member
9/17/08 1:44pm

I have been searching forever for a substitute for Drixoral, and I think I have found it..

ECR Pharmaceuticals has launched a second once-a-day allergy product, Lodrane 24D, an extended release formulation of brompheniramine maleate and pseudoephedrinelinks HCl.  These are the same active ingrediants that are in Drixoral..cross your fingers that this works..I have asked my allergist to prescribe this medication to me.

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Michael Kays, Community Member
9/17/08 2:17pm

WarriorofLiight..i read your post about the sudraphrine HCI and sulphate, I see that Lodrane 24d has the HCI..I will still give it a try..in the meantime I did find a drug that has the sulphate...

Claritin-D 12 Hour Extended Release Tablets: Claritin-D 12 hour extended release tablets contain 5 mg loratadine in the tablet coating for immediate release and 120 mg pseudoephedrine sulfate equally distributed between the tablet coating for immediate release and the barrier-coated extended release core.

Hope this helps~

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Michael Kays, Community Member
9/17/08 2:19pm

misspelled pseudoephedrine, sorry

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Michael Kays, Community Member
9/17/08 5:49pm

My allergist office just called, they tried to fill my prescription for Lodrane 24D, it has been discontinued!  So could Drixoral and Lodrane (different manufacturers) both be relocating their distribution plants, or is there something else going on?  So how come it can be readily available in Canada at a huge marked up profit? Ddifferent manufacturers not controlled by US gov?   

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Donna, Community Member
9/20/08 9:13pm

I just spoke to several different pharmacist and they all recommended meds like claritin d, or zertec d but it is not as effective as drixoral.  If you want relief equal to drixoral, you take regular claritin or regular zertec along with sudafed.  This combination takes care of all the symptoms drixoral did.  I bought this for my husband and it works!  Nothing else but drixoral helped him until now. 

Good luck everyone!!!!

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Popcorn, Community Member
9/24/08 8:32am

Drixoral was available in Canada for about $18 a box including shipping in July 08.  I went to 3 different phamacies in Canada today Sep 08, and the price is now over $45 a box plus shipping.  I think they are gouging us.

Russ

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JJ, Community Member
9/26/08 7:10pm

I just purchased 3 boxes from canadaMedicineShop.com after paying $126.87 including shipping. Had to use coupon code "10CMS" to get a discount. For over $100 purchase  shipping is free. I guess this is the best choice for US customers who can't afford not having this. My wife will die without it.

 

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Jane, Community Member
10/ 3/08 7:59am

Oh my gosh, other people in my same situation. I have been taking Drixoral for over 30 years, I just broke down and took my last one I have been hording. My eyes are awful. My skin around my eyes are all stretch out from scratching them. I have tryed everything. I sure hope the new Drixoral will be as good as the old. I think what is really going on is that they are changing the makeup of it because of the illegal drug business, not because they are moving. We can only hope it will still work. I have been more miserable than I can ever remember.

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Miffed and suffering in USA, Community Member
10/ 8/08 10:46am

When I saw how much the canadian pharmacys went up on Drixoral (the ones who still have it that is) I figured that either there was a run on it because all the allergy sufferers like me who have found something that works and have been useing it for a long time OR Uncle Sam finally got to them too.

I dont know about the rest of you but dosent it seem like the government is slowly but surely taking away all out choices and alternatives that WORK?

I HOPE that Drixoral comes back out SOON as I too am a long time allery sufferer and Drixoral was the only one that REALLY worked for me too.

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Alynn, Community Member
10/12/08 4:42pm

Nothing is comparable to Drixoral!!!!  I've tried Zyrtec, Allegra, and just about everything else out there.  Nothing stops the sneezing from allergies like Drixoral cold and allergy.  And no other medicines have the same antihistamine that Drixoral had.  Boy, I'd give anything to have my Drixoral back...........

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sedgefieldvickyt, Community Member
10/14/08 7:55pm

There is nothing comparable to drixoral. I don't need this particular decongestant, it's the antihistimine that I really like. This antihistimine actually helps control my skin allergies. I've been taking Drixoral for over twenty years. I switched and tried Zyrtec and it doesn't work. Now I'm looking for Drixoral and I can't find it. Why can't they just remove the decongestant? I want to eat chocolate again!!

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LINDA, Community Member
10/18/08 8:52pm

There is a grape flavored liquid for children that has the same combination of medications as Drixoral, only in a lower dosage.  Adults take 4 tsp. every 4-6 hours.  Not as convenient as a 12 hour tablet but you can breathe and avoid the sinus headaches.  Chain drug stores carry it under thier own brand.  Wal-marts is called Equate Childrens cold and allergy elixir.  It is always near the Dimetapp.Same version can be bought under Dimetapp brand but costs twice as much as store brand.  Hope this helps.

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jc, Community Member
10/22/08 2:28pm

Aprodine.

 

I suffered my whole life with crippling sinus headaches and only Drixoral works. In a panic I've tried tons of other products and the only one I've found that comes close is Aprodine, which also happens to be cheap!

 

It is NOT a substitute, and not quite as good, but if you are like me and everything else simply doesn't do anything to relieve your pain, try this.

 

Hope this helps. I've always joked with my wife that I would hoard Drixoral if they ever stopped making it. Let's hope it doesn't come to that!

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Steve, Community Member
10/24/08 2:09pm

From my experience, there simply is no comparable medicine.

 

I suffer from non-allergic rhinitis (vasomotor rhinitis), which means it's not allergies for which I use Drixoral.  It's like my nose either runs or is congested because of exposure to heat, cold, scents....in short, life. 

 

Drixoral is the ONLY medication I have ever found to give me relief...and, God knows, I've tried everything under the sun.

 

It's now October 23, 2008, and I just talked with Kay in Consumer Relations at Schering-Plough.  She told me that Drixoral will once again be avaible, in the originial formulation (chemically the same), 'after 2009...in 2010.'

 

Obviously, this production break was very poorly planned...or the company simply does not care about its customers....or both.

 

So, whereas it will take patience and some suffering for those of us who rely on the product, apparently it will be available again in the future.

 

Until then...Canada is the only answer.

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Paul Harris, Community Member
10/28/08 3:50pm

What is a comparable medicine to Drixoral cold and allergy medicine

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KM, Community Member
11/11/08 10:47am

DO NOT ORDER DRIXORAL FROM CanadaPharmacy.com!!! The first order I placed I received Drixoral as shown on the website, but when I placed a refill they send a product from Turkey - completely unacceptable.  The box is in Turkish and there is NO way to know what they sent.  Buy from them only if you can afford to throw money away.

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Marcy, Community Member
7/17/09 3:00pm

Wish I had seen this before I ordered from CanadaPharmacy.com.  I too got the Turkish Drixoral and when I called about it they suggested I just try it.  Now, since I tried it, they say I can only get 50% refund.  Try Blue Sky Pharmacy in CA. 

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Joan J, Community Member
11/15/08 12:04pm

Why was Drixoral cold & allergy taken off the market?   What is a comparable medicine to Drixoral cold and allergy or a generic name?

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Carolyn, Community Member
11/20/08 11:46am

I have found nothing that will substitute for Drixoral satisfactorily. Contact your state senator and request that Drixoral be put back on the market ASAP and especially that it not be reformulated.

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MbankaT, Community Member
11/21/08 12:43pm

Online I saw that Trinalin and Alavert are comparable as alternatives to Drixoral. I bugged my local Walgreens pharmacists - first they said it is backordered to the manufacturer, then they did more digging for me and said they have a Walgreens product called WAL-ACT, which does not have the exact same ingredients as Drixoral, but Walgreens has developed and is marketing it as an alternative to Drixoral. Since my wife swears by Drixoral, and nothing else gives her relief, I guess she'll have to try the Wal-Act. Terrible name if you ask me.

 

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Emily, Community Member
11/24/08 9:36pm

I have purchased Drixoral from 77Canadapharmacy.com.  In June it was about 15/box of 20.  In Sept. it was about $15, and now it is $30!  I triled the combinations mentioned below but they make me sleepy.  Frown

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Jo Ann Cote, Community Member
12/ 2/08 7:46pm

THE REAL ANSWER TO DRIXORAL.....BECAUSE SO MANY DRUG USERS WERE BUYING IT AND MIXING IT AS AN ILLEGIAL DRUG, OUR GOVERMENT HAS IT BANNED FROM ALL SALES IN THE U S A...Cry......AS TO THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IT WILL COME BACK IN 2009.....FALSE.....I UNDERSTAND IT MIGHT COME BACK BUT NOT AS THE DRIXORAL  WE ALL KNEW ....THE GOVERMENT ONLY APPROVED

A MIXTURE LIKE YOU CAN BUY ON ANY SHELF RIGHT NOW.....NOTHING WORKS LIKE OUR GOOD OLD DRIXORAL DID. THE ( COLD & FLU ) DRIXORAL WORKED GREAT ALSO!!! WE USED IT FOR YEARS ALSO.....SORRY FRIENDSFrown Hope this helps....

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John, Community Member
12/ 7/08 9:27pm

I was just able to order Drixoral Cold & Sinus from http://universitypharmacy.ca/ for $20 per box of 20.  Good luck!

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Glenn, Community Member
12/ 9/08 2:44pm

I found temporary help from (of all things)  WalMart brand childrens liquid cold and allergy elixor.  Tastes good and works fast....BUT only good for about 4-5 hours.  I called Schering today and from the attitude of the CSR it will not be back in US.  I asked if they were distributing it in Canada and all he would say is that some people have found it there.  Would not confirm with a yes....just round about way.  One way to increase sales profits.

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DrixoralAvailable, Community Member
12/17/08 6:07pm

We should look for alternatives but till then go Drixoral hunting on web and one of the places u can find is as under.

They are most reliable and i found they work under FDA rules . The shipment took about 7 business days. They are selling for 24.75 for a box of 20 and 10 is cheaper abut 12.99 for a box

 

The link to the product page is as under:

 

http://trumedcanada.com/OTC/Drixoral.Dexbrompheniramine.cold.12.hour.relief.aspx

 

Happy Drixoral hunting

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Wild Sneezes, Community Member
12/20/08 10:18am

I just spoke with a friend who does pharmacutical marketing. She says that what we are seeing is called life cycle management. Older drugs like Drixoral that are outside of drug patent protections are not as profitable as newer drugs like Claritin. Add to that our federal government effectively sets the price for the drugs by what it will pay through Medicare and other federal programs. Sooner or later, those drugs become unprofitable to sell in the USA. The law says manufacturers cannot stop selling the drug altogether, but it does not say they cannot indefinitely "relocate the manufacturing site." Bottom line: no more Drixoral in The States, no more cheap prices anywhere. The only hope is that a discount manufacturer comes along who is willing to sell a generic version and to accept the lower markup in price.

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Sharon, Community Member
12/23/08 6:37pm

I recently had a nasty bought of sinusitis.  My doctor prescribed something called respahist II which brompheniramine and phenylprine.  It worked so well I called and got another script to replace the Allegra I've been taking for years.

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Ben D, Community Member
1/ 7/09 11:49am

As of 1/7/09 and according to Schering-Plough, they're still in the process of moving the Drixoral manufacturing plant.  Once the move is completed (supposedly some time in 2009) they still have to wait for FDA approval to begin the manufacturing process.  Best guess from the customer service rep is that Drixoral won't be available until some time in 2010.  Or not.  I asked several specific questions about "the move".

 

Q.  Does the plant make products other than Drixoral?

A.  Yes.  (Claritin, Nasonex and Zetia to name a few.)

Q.  How come these other products are available but Drixoral is not?

A.  Uhh, well, umm, gee, I'm not sure.

Q.  Will the "new" Drixoral have the same formulation as the "old" Drixoral?

A.  Uhh, well, umm, gee, I'm not sure.

Q.  Has Schering-Plough been under pressure from the FDA, DEA, etc to remove the pseudoephidrine sulfate in Drixoral due to the "war on drugs"?

A.  I'm not at liberty to discuss any internal legal issues.

 

I've never claimed to be the sharpest tool in the shed, but it sure seems as though Schering-Plough has no intentions of bringing back the Drixoral we relied upon.  When Drixoral went from being a true over-the-counter product to a behind-the-counter-show-an-ID-and-sign-your-life-away product, the end was in sight.  By not being readily available on the shelf, new potential customers were not aware Drixoral existed.  Old customers did not buy enough to make the product financially viable.

 

Concerning the war on drugs, I wonder how many people have been caught with an illegal stash of Drixoral?  Wink

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betty braunwart, Community Member
2/ 5/09 9:10am

what can i buy equal to drixorial?

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connie, Community Member
2/ 5/09 5:07pm

I used to take drixoral for my sinus blocked now I can't get it what is comprable to drixoral?

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DrixoralAvailable, Community Member
2/10/09 1:16pm

Lot of people have started marketing the generic version of drixoral. Honestly I ordered one and had a bad timeit all went in garbage. I have been missing our Drixoral, the most compared Drixoral to the version we used to get in USA is from Canada which gets sold and Drixoral Cold & Sinus. The prices have gone up in online Canadian Pharmacies just due to the fact the availability has gone down. I noticed all pharmacies which are selling Drixoral above 24$ do not have it in Stock! Even some of them say they have it in stock but reality they are waiting for Stock! We give them our money and they sit on it. I have been a regular buyer of Drixoral from:

 

http://www.trumedcanada.com

 

They do seem to have it in stock and the price is $23.75. Till we dont get our stock in USA I think we will have to depend on such pharmacies in Canada to keep our supplies running for Drixoral.

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JB, Editor
3/ 9/09 5:02pm

Hello everyone!

 

It turns out that Drixoral's manufacturer, Schering-Plough Corp. has NOT permanantely removed Drixoral from the U.S. market. As some of you have reported here already, the company is in the process of moving the manufacturing plant to a new location. According to US News & World Report, "the company, which is to be acquired by Merck, stopped shipping Drixoral to pharmacies in April 2008 and doesn't expect to begin shipping the medication again until 2010 at the earliest."

 

Schering-Plough Corp. created a whole Web site about the Drixoral issue that you can see here.

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From Montreal, Community Member
3/13/09 7:17am

Hi, I am from Montreal, Canada and Drixoral is available on our shelves here. Not sure if you want to go the internet route but for you border folks, a drive to stock up would not be in vain. Look at websites such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, Jean Coutu and others for your closest store. Hope this helps a few of you. I've become an 'expert' in this after trying to battle a congested nose for 10 days now!

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red, Community Member
4/ 1/09 1:19pm

If you are looking for Drixoral cold and allgery it's been discontinued in the states.  But you can get it from Canadian Pharmacy.  Drixoral cold and allergy is available here for 20 tablets for $24.00.

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Green Pill, Community Member
4/ 5/09 2:39pm

Hi Drixoral come in a green pill. Anything that comes close to drixoral from USA is now available in canadian pharmacies. You can get it online . BUt I have noticed most of these pharmacies looking to make more money dont sell the original version of Drixoral and ship versions of drixoral from all parts of the world. Drixoral made in Canada comes in a green pack and the color is green for the pill. The one I bought was from

<a href="http://www.trumedcanada.com/OTC/Drixoral.Dexbrompheniramine.cold.12.hour.relief.aspx"> Drixoral Green Pill</a>

 

Bst of Luck for yoursSmile

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Leile, Community Member
4/ 5/09 7:57pm

HI! I finally found a website where I can buy Canadian Drixoral and it's affordable!  They even have a generic form!! 

www.NorthWestPharmacy.com/Drixoral

 

I suffered for months trying to find something else that works! No more suffering!!

Good Luck

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Pat, Community Member
4/17/09 10:09pm

I have taken Drixoral for years.  I have allergies seasonal and have bought at least $100 or more in over the counter meds.  NOTHING works.  I paid $27 for Clariton D and it did nothing.  I sure hope they bring this back and SOON...

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Johan, Community Member
4/21/09 11:44pm

For me , The ONLY medication I have used that is EFFECTIVE IS.... DRIXORAL !!!!

PUT IT BACK ON THE SHELVES  !!!!!!!

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barb3333, Community Member
4/27/09 6:30am

drixoral is off the market for an undisclosed time fram because the manufacturing plant is being moved. i have taken drixoral for many years and was unhappy when i could not find it either. it doesnt look like it will be back in 2009 but the company said it will be back. my husband got a hold of some one at the manufacturing plant and that is what we were told. I have gone to a persctiption medication called lodrane d which is similar and it seems to be working for me. i also have tried dozens of meds and nothing worked as well as this.

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joan johnson, Community Member
4/27/09 12:29pm

 

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4/27/09 12:29pm

 

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joan johnson, Community Member
4/27/09 12:31pm

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major allergy sufferer, Community Member
5/13/09 7:29pm

I know this post is almost a year old, but I've been asking this question for over a year myself. The best answer I have is "there is nothing comparable." I know I'm not alone in being frustrated by the lack of information about why this drug was taken off the market, and in knowing that Drixoral was the ONLY allergy med that effectively curbed my (severe) alllergy symptoms. The "newer" class of drugs simply don't cut it.

I even called a compounding pharmacist to see if they could makke it for me and they said the powder in that antihistimine isn't available to them. What's up??

It's very frustrating!!

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Marcy, Community Member
7/17/09 2:50pm

I have been ordering from CanadaPharmacy.com and they recently called me to reorder Drixoral.  I was shocked when I receieved the order.  It was a pill from Turkey which they explained was the same thing as Drixoral and made by the same company in Turkey. None of the instructions and information were in English but Turkish.  I called

Canada Pharmacy and the cust rep explained that you could no longer get Drixoral in Canada or the UK. I was told that the pill I paid $55 for was the same exact drug but the UK version.  BTW, she said it was made in Turkey.  I explained that I was not comfortable taking this drug since I could read the package.  She encourage me to "try it" and if it wasn't the same, I could send it back.  I tried it and it was NOT the same.

I felt like I had taken pure antihistimine with no deconcestant.  I called today, one day after receiving the package and one day after my original call and I explained and asked to return for a refund.  Surprise,surprise, now since I opened the package, I can now only get 50% refund.  What a racket!  Thanks to this website, I found the real Drixoral at Blue Sky Pharmacy in Canada.  It's supposed to be the real deal.  I hope so.

Thanks to the lady who recommended Blue Sky.  I too have called the company and been told the same as others.  I no longer believe what they say.  The pharmacists are saying that when it comes back it will have different ingredients thanks to those who manufacture Meth.   

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DrippingNose, Community Member
5/21/09 2:17pm
Maybe a lack of control over good manufacturing processes is what led to this. Schering-Plough recalls Drixoral Cold & Allergy TABLETS REASON: cGMP Deviations (by mfr Actavis) http://www.totalrecallinfo.com/freerecalls.php?id=8279 Looks like Actavis has a history of this for many years. (Google search link using "Actavis cGMP Deviations") http://tinyurl.com/q5gb3r FWIW the Lodrane 12 & 24 hour D Tab is available (though you may have to push your pharmacy to source it). The 12 hour tab works fairly well for about 8-10 hours for me but not as well as Drixoral for the tickle in my throat. /30 year Drixoral user who would like to kick someone at Schering-Plough in their grandchildren. Reply
Ifsnotweremoney, Community Member
9/ 6/09 12:57pm

I also am a 30 year Drixoral user who would like to kick someone at Schering-Plough in their grandchildren.  I would also like to see a list of all companys and products owned or manufactured by Schering-Plough.  Personally, I would like to discontinue use of any product they may decide to take away tomorrow.  The Wal-Phed 12 hour and Wal-Hist together seem to work the best, but I worry about them being manufactured in China like many other things.  What are we going to do?  Just lie around suffering and take it up the snaz-ola?

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Sneazy Bumble Bee, Community Member
8/20/09 4:04pm

Nothing..... I've found so far.....I wait, with great hope for it's return !!!!!!!! :(

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wellsdm, Community Member
10/29/09 9:39am

I called the manufacturer and they said that the reason they stopped making Drixoral was it was being moved to a different manufacturing plant and that the reason it was taking so long and that it wasn't a priority was that it wasn't a very popular product and didn't sell very well.  He took my name and address and said he would mail me something when it came back on the market which he believed would happen "after the end of the year".  I asked for an alternative for now and he said he wasn't a doctor that I should see a doctor.  I have fluid buildup in my ears from allergies and drixoral was the only thing I have ever found that would dry it up.  I've tried $100's of dollars of other products and nothing works.  I go around half deaf now because this stupid company decided they weren't making enough money. 

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Voice of Reason, Community Member
11/30/09 3:47pm

I have a box of the Drixoral in front of me, and yes, it is in Turkish, but the ingredients are obviously the same.  I even went to a translation website and the ingredients are Dexbrompheniramine Maleate 6 mg, and Pseudoephedrine Sulfate 120 mg.  I suspect the person who did not believe it was the same "psyched" themself out.  I've been taking the Turkish manufactured product for almost a year, and it's EXACTLY the same thing.  Just white pills instead of green.  I order it from Canada Medicine Shop and right now it's on sale.

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kaw, Community Member
1/18/10 9:31pm

I've been using the one from Turkey, too, and it works just fine. I figure if it's approved by the Candadians, it's good enough for me. I hate paying an arm and a leg to breathe, but it's not optional. At least we can still get it. For awhile there, I was without it completely. 


Now of course, they changed the ordering amounts so you can only get a 30 day supply at one time. It had been set up so you could get 90 days at once. 

 

I wish they'd release the antihistamine in a pill by itself in the US. I can use other decongestants, or get plain pseudoephedrine stateside. But the antihistamine is what makes drixoral unique. And it's not available on it's own. Grrrr. 

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Sneezing Cat, Community Member
1/22/10 4:02pm

There is nothing comparable to Drixoral, I have tried all alternatives.  I was able to order Drixoral through Canada, but it is no longer available there.  Schering-Plough has said that they are moving the manufacturing facilities, but this has been the story now for 3 years.  Schering-Plough still sells Drixoral in Europe and it is marketed as Disophrol.  I recently ordered this version and it is the same product.  So if you can find a supplier I would recommend ordering Disophrol, how long it will be available is another story.  Hope this helps.

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bbiowa, Community Member
4/23/10 4:34pm

When Walgreens quit carrying my allergy medicine, I typed in the antihistimine brompheniramine into a search engine.  Drixoral came up because it has a version of brompheniramine in it.  I just changed and filled my prescription at Walgreens.  It is for Bromfenex and costs $32 for 60 pills, a month's supply.  It may work for Drixoral users, especially if you are like me.  The only allergy medicines that have worked for me (40 years of taking them) have all had brompheniramine in them, something I didn't realize until I put Bromfed into a search engine 10 years ago and discovered that the Dimetane, Rondec, Bromfed, and Histinex (All of these worked for me) all had brompheniramine.

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Looking_Drixoral, Community Member
4/27/10 1:33pm

That is so true Dexbrompheniramine is the main ingradient in Drixoral. I have had my share of drixoral from Canada and tried various pharmacies. My doctor is not willing to prescribe me any medicine and getting appoinment now a days is becoming a pain. Best way to get my meds has been canada. May be you can give it a shot as well.

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Bill Amirault, Community Member
5/ 3/10 10:27am

As a former Marketing Manager for Drixoral, I can say 3 things:

(1) the difference between Drixoral and other cold/allergy medications is the antihistamine -- for Drixoral that's dexbrompheniramine, the active levo-isomer (for you chemistry types) of brompheniramine (levo-brompheniramine is inactive)

 

(2) there are 3 types of antihistimamines that have varying levels of efficacy on a given patient, and I'll use my own vocabulary to describe them -- they are:

(a) "Non-Drowsy" (or as many would call them - 2nd generation) such as Zyrtec, Claritin and their generic knockoffs, (b) "Somewhat Drowsy" (depending on the patient -- also called 1st generation) such as Drixoral, Chlor-Trimeton, Coricidin, etc., and (c) "Very Drowsy" (but not for everyone, it depends on the patient -- also a 1st-generation product) such as Benadryl -- this has the same active ingredient, Diphenhydramine, as the OTC sleep remedy Sominex :-), and

 

(3) the best substitute I've heard of, and again this depends on the patient, is long-acting (12-hour) Sudafed-PSE (available only behind the counter now) and 8-hour Chlor-Trimeton (if you can still find it -- 4-hour is OK too, you just have to take it more often...)

 

At the end of the day, for those of you who have been taking medications for a long time -- you should do whatever you can to develop resistance to those items you're allergic to.  Food allergies are tough to overcome, but once your physician determines what you're allergic to, most other common allergies can be mitigated by allergy desensitization shots.

 

 

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fumerck, Community Member
5/ 4/10 4:26pm

The statement on Merck's website as of May 2010 is as follows:

We are in the process of changing our manufacturing location for our product. Although multiple solutions are being pursued, it is unlikely product will be available in 2010. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

I hope you Merck bastards rot in hell for taking this product off the market for over 2 years.  You're putting corporate needs in front of patient needs without offering a viable interim solution.

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fumerck, Community Member
5/ 4/10 4:34pm

Found a good substitute:

CVS 12 hr decongestant (behind the counter) and CVS 12 hr antihistimine.  Both are in blue boxes.

Works as good as Drixoral.

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asilyeroc, Community Member
6/10/10 11:50am

I am in Vancouver, Canada and Drixoral is available in all of our pharmacies here! I also suffer from allergies and what feels like fluid in the ear and Drixoral always works when nothing else does so I understand where you're all coming from! If you live near the border it would probably be worth your while to just drive across and stock up. lol. If you're nowhere near the border I would also be willing to pick some up and ship it out as I understand how important this medication is!! The one we have here comes in a green box and they come in packs of 10 green pills.

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robotech, Community Member
11/ 2/10 12:14am

i have the same problems.i found green box is only second to allerfrin.

that woorked the best for me ...can i get the address for your pharmacey because i kinda live close..

thanks

Rob

 

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geddy2112, Community Member
7/ 6/10 10:32am

Been taking it for over 6 years now.  Nothing else works on my allergy headaches.  I believe i finally found something that works just as good.  Clarinex.  It has almost the same ingredients as Drixoral.  It is a prescription but works in place of Drixoral.  And cheaper.

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ncjohnboy, Community Member
2/15/11 7:00pm

Allegra-D   I am 59 years old and used Drixoral since I was in the 9th grade. Like many others on this thread, it was the only thing that ever really worked for me. Neither Claritin, Zyrtec, or any other OTC med has worked well for me. Since Drixoral became unavailable in the US, the best substitute for me has been Allegra-D, which has been a prescription medication. I'm glad to see that Allegra-D is going OTC on March 4, 2011. We are all different, so there is no guarantee that a substitute drug that might work for one will work for another. But it's worth checking out if you haven't tried it. Even with Allegra-D easily available, I will be eager to try Drixoral again if Merck ever makes it available in the US. Of course, there's also no guarantee that Merck will make Drixoral with the original formulation. A new med called Drixoral that is not exactly the same as it was will be a big disappointment.

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suzid2s, Community Member
10/29/11 5:12am

I was told by doctor that these medicines were pulled off the market to undergo new screening guidelines by the FDA. They will be coming back, but are not sure when. I take the prescription Lodrane (generic BPM) and it worked great. It is the only thing that kept my allergies in check.

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sabrina, Community Member
1/ 6/12 2:22pm

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sabrina, Community Member
1/ 6/12 2:22pm

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sabrina, Community Member
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sabrina, Community Member
1/ 6/12 2:23pm

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sabrina, Community Member
1/ 6/12 2:23pm

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sabrina, Community Member
1/ 6/12 2:23pm

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A Drixoral Lover, Community Member
9/12/12 2:04pm

OK here is the facts as of Sept 12,2012

Drixoral is no longer available in Canada PERIOD

for the same reasons its no longer available in USA PERIOD.

 

Plant relocations are a bunch of bullshit.  ITs NOT AVAIL

 

in USA, CANADA anymore PERIOD. IT will NEVER again

 

be avail in USA or CANADA PERIOD!!!!!!! This is straight from the MFG.

 

So either find an alternative that has similiar but not

 

the exact ingredients or try the UK.

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Moetsch, Community Member
10/18/12 1:24am

Anyone else experience the consequences of the unavailability of Drixoral?  I accepted it until I found some Drixoral as old as 5 years AND it still works!  None others work well.  The following is part of a letter that I have written to my Congressman/woman, the President of the US, and the FDA.  I would like to revisit the issue.

 

Quite a few years ago, and after going through a myriad of allergy medications, my doctor found one that relieved my allergies, Drixoral.  

 

It is my understanding that Drixoral has been indefinitely discontinued because one of its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, can be used to make methamphetamine. 

 

Since then once again I am going through the process of trying different allergy medicines. None work satisfactorily and I suffer frequently as a result. Recently I found some old Drixoral and have been taking it. Even though it expired years ago it still works. I had forgotten what it was like to be allergy free. The fact that Drixoral has been pulled off the market and no suitable substitute is available is a problem not only for me but for many, many others. I have been on several user forums and know that others still suffer with no relief or suggested alternatives. Supposedly Drixoral is available from other, questionable sources. I have not tried any of these yet but probably will soon. This puts me at risk of getting bad medicine. I don’t understand why Drixoral can’t be prescribed and regulated like other controlled substances. 

 

I've recently written my Congressman/woman, the President of the USA, and the FDA.

 

I'm hoping to get this issue revisited.

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Moetsch, Community Member
10/18/12 1:14am

Anyone else experience the consequences of the unavailability of Drixoral?  I accepted it until I found some Drixoral as old as 5 years AND it still works!  None others work well.  The following is part of a letter that I have written to my Congressman/woman, the President of the US, and the FDA.  I would like to revisit the issue.

 

Quite a few years ago, and after going through a myriad of allergy medications, my doctor found one that relieved my allergies, Drixoral.  

 

It is my understanding that Drixoral has been indefinitely discontinued because one of its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, can be used to make methamphetamine. 

 

Since then once again I am going through the process of trying different allergy medicines. None work satisfactorily and I suffer frequently as a result. Recently I found some old Drixoral and have been taking it. Even though it expired years ago it still works. I had forgotten what it was like to be allergy free. The fact that Drixoral has been pulled off the market and no suitable substitute is available is a problem not only for me but for many, many others. I have been on several user forums and know that others still suffer with no relief or suggested alternatives. Supposedly Drixoral is available from other, questionable sources. I have not tried any of these yet but probably will soon. This puts me at risk of getting bad medicine. I don’t understand why Drixoral can’t be prescribed and regulated like other controlled substances. 

 

I've recently written my Congressman/woman, the President of the USA, and the FDA.

 

I'm hoping to get this issue revisted.

 

 

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