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Friday, June 06, 2008 carol hall, Community Member, asks

Q: why is drixoral not available?

 

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James Thompson, MD, Health Pro
6/ 9/08 10:08am

 

Hi Ms. Hall,

 

Drixoral is a combination antihistamine / decongestant made by Schering-Plough. The antihistamine component is dexbrompheniramine (6mg) which may relieve symptoms of itching, sneezing and nasal drainage. Dexbrompheniramine is a first generation antihistamine which means there is a significant potential to cause drowsiness and fatigue. The decongestant component of Drixoral is of pseudoephedrine (120mg) which is maximum dose (per 12 hours).

 

I called a local Walgreen's pharmacist and visited a few medical websites in order to find the answer to your question. Drixoral is not available through Walgreens for unexplained reasons according to the pharmacist. One medical site (not Schering Co.) reported that distribution was halted, temporarily, to allow Schering to move the lab responsible for production of the drug to another site. I intend to ask a Schering pharmaceutical rep. about this.

 

I have spent several minutes trying to find equivalent allergy medications for patients when specific brands are discontinued. Your healthcare provider may be willing to do this for you. Print out the information above (ingredients and doses regarding Drixoral) and ask your doctor about similar brands that may be available. Some people get comparable results from chlorpheniramine or brompheniramine (in comparison to dexbrompheniramine).

 

Many of these older antihistamines are being outpaced by the newer generation, non-sedating brands (Claritin, Zyrtec and others). Market pressures are causing the disappearance of some of the first generation antihistamines.

 

Again, get advice from your doctor or pharmacist before trying a different antihistamine medication. The alternative drug may also cause sedation and fatigue. Drug interactions (with other medications you are taking) and other possible adverse effects should also be considered.

 

 

Good Luck!

 

J. Thompson, MD

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4jubar2, Community Member
9/25/09 8:40pm

I am sorry - but your first, second generation explaination is totally inadequate. There is a huge demand for drixoral that is being satisfied by Canadian pharmacies. Now, US CUSTOMS has imposed a 60 tablet limit on Northwest Pharmacy (Canada) per month. I have been taking 2 tablets (one in am and one in pm) to beat my allergy problem for 30 years. The manufacturer claimed the plant closure more than 3 years ago - that is not an explaination. May God curse you with acute allergies year round until you get serious about investigating this issue.

 

I cannot get anyone to admit to this - The meth-amphedimine (?) illegal cooking of Drixoral for illicit drug use is a big problem. It seems to me that the feds have decided it is better to eliminate the drug from the legal market so the illegal market will have less access to it. That is a farce - my Canadian generic drixoral is now made in Turkey.

I do not know whose demand is greater (the legals or the illegals) - but stopping legal production and shipping is not going to stop the illegals. A poor country like Turkey (thru the black market) would be more than happy to supply the drug illegally. So, who gets hurt in this FED game - only the people who need the drug (for which there is no replacement) - I repeat may God curse you with this affliction so that you will finally understand and research the issue to find the truth.

 

 

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Custom, Community Member
2/ 8/10 11:28pm

Why should US Customs care, the pills don't have anything in them. They don't work like the original ones do. The ones with the writing on them work like no other. Some of the Original ones were recently found in n old coat of mine, and even with them being 2 yrs old, 2008 expiration date, they still work like nothing else I've found. Whats really gong on?? The Canadian ones are not doing anything like the originals are. WHAT and WHO are trying to cover or hide something. Anybody else eel like this??

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jen, Community Member
5/20/10 1:09am

I completely agree with you,,, i have taken Drixoral for many years and found this to be the ONLY thing to relieve sinus headaches,, that will eventually turn into a migraine.

 

I did order Drixoral thru Canada and found i got no relief from the headache or the congestion...

 

sad, so sad

 

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wayneproperties, Community Member
6/24/10 2:28am

It REALLY ticks me off that they keep saying they will bring it back, you know, after the new manufacturing facility is up and running (cough-cough). It's all a big lie. They have no intention of bringing Drixoral back to the U.S. (in the same formula). Let the people forget how great it used to work then slip in the new DO NOTHING formulated Drixoral. Trust me, it will work no better than the newly formulated Benadryl did after they changed their formula.

 

Want something right now that SEEMS to at least take the edge off allergies? The two that sorta work for me are; 1) Eltor (from Canadian pharma), and 2) Aleve-D. Neither work even remotely as well as our beloved Drixoral did, but at least they do something, unlike Claritin.

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denis, Community Member
6/29/10 10:35am

I talked with Schering-Plough today and again they said they are "looking into moving the manufacturing for Drixoral".........if they haven't moved it by now (2 years), they obviously have decided not to make this medicine any longer and they just don't want to admit it.  That is their excuse and they are sticking by it.  2 years and they are still "looking into moving the manufacturing".....what a joke.  I have taken it since it was by prescription only and it is the only effective medication for serious allergies. Maybe we should all call once a week and drive them crazy till they make it with the original formula again.

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Mrs, Brier, Community Member
3/18/11 5:18am

I am up at 3:52am because of some schmuck that sit next to me on the plane with the sniffles the whole way on my flight.  I have allergic reactions to these situations and end up sick for 2 weeks and then gives it to my husband or vice versa.  When Drixoral (the green) RX was available my doctor prescribed it for these problems that happened once in a while or when the major allergy season gave this to me.  My major problem is that a cold will go to my bronchial tubes if not stopped it will cause major problems of which may be life-threatening. When Drixoral was available by prescription I would not have these issues. I do not want to take a claritan medicine everyday and do not believe taking medicine everyday is a good thing for ones health. 

 

I am not proposing to put it back on the market through free range, but to allow the people to get it through a legal prescription in the United States.  I do not advocate going to Canada or any where else to get our medicine. It is not right to take a good medicine from the public because there are bad apples that were abusing it in any way.  I can not find anything that works now.  My husband gets angry with me and short fused because he thinks it is my fault.  This should not be anything I should endure because of these twits that are little you know whats.  If the truth is these abusers of the medicine; than by that standard I am sure they may abuse anything they get their hands on. More times than not these second and third generations of medicines seem to have more complications than the original generations.  I don't know if these people who don't understand the system of good medicine is to blame either, but I do want Drixoral back on the market for the people that really do need it.

 

The other medicines seem to be garbage for many people.

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Liberty49, Community Member
5/31/11 11:27am

I agree, the new medicines are worthless! Once again, whenever the government sticks their nose in, quality goes down. Go back to making Drixoral available by prescription only, at least we could get it then. Just because you have some druggies using it illegally, everyone else must suffer. Why did you ever make it available over-the-counter to begin with? We don't need to take what works off the market, just enforce the laws and still make it available by presciption.

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WSuz, Community Member
8/11/10 4:24pm

The only thing I've found works even close is talking both Sudafed-D (behind the counter) and Claritin (I've found the generic works better than the actual Claritin brand). I was skeptical when my pharmacist reccommended this mix but it really does work better than naything else I've tried since being unable to pruchase Drixoral. Hope this helps you, too!  

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guest, Community Member
11/17/10 5:44pm

yes, this is the only med i could get to work. the new meds are not at all like the old meds. i have saved and hoarded meds way past expiration date but am now out and cant find a suitable replacement. even my dr cant help. he has given me stuff that made me so loopy i cant work ....pass on that and the rest is just a waste of money. it doesnt touch the pressure or headache. they also made a non-drowsy that had a diff ingredient... does amyone know what happened to that one? and has anyone found ANYTHING that comes close?

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Liberty49, Community Member
5/31/11 10:49am

When my husband was in the Air Force, they handed Drixoral out like candy! It was the drug of choice to keep the guys able to fly! We all got used to it because it worked like a charm for colds and allerigies. The new formulations are worthless! Why did they change the formulation and why can't we get the original anymore? I wouldn't mind paying a little more because it is the ONLY thing that works.

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GINGER, Community Member
11/ 6/11 4:18pm

Same thing with me, only my divorce was final in 1987. When we split up, I put everthing in storage boxes and moved them to my new home which i still own. In 1987, my now ex-husband swore by drixoral. He never missed a day of work no matter how sick he was. His mother owned a pharmacy in memphis and each time she would come to visit, she would bring him a case of drixoral( 36 boxes). Needless to say, we had a surplus. Last year, after a terrible bout with allergies which landed me in the hospital with asthma and also resulted in a nightmare regime of drugs which, by the way, do not work, I got them out of storage and began taking them. I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HOW WELL THIS DRUG WORKS!

I have gone from taking the following: zyrtec in the am, allegra in the pm, nasal crom and another steroid nose spray twice daily, mucinex daily, super vitamin d once daily, Advair twice daily, and an emergency inhaler just in case,and previcid to control all the acids that these drugs cause.... to 2 Drixoral in the am and two in the pm.... thats it!, and i feel normal again for the first time in years. 

Go figure, ive tried looking for the same ingredients in other products but there is no comparison even when I have a perfect match. It must be in the delivery system of drixoral, or else there is a little something there not listed on the label. At any rate, I have enough to last me til I'm 49 then I'm screwed. HELP! 

 

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Trina, Community Member
2/ 7/12 12:04am

I have 8 of the Drixoral A/S tablets (yellow) and would like to give them to my 16 year old son suffering with allergies, but they "expired" in July 1999!  How old are those you are taking?

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lachhman Gupta, Community Member
9/ 5/10 12:55pm

I have been taking DRIXORAL since 1970 and it was very effective in controlling Allergy. About four to six tablets during the allergy season was more than enough for me. I have tried other drugs, but none of tham worked. It appears other allergy drugs (less efective) are money making alternative than to DRIXORAL. Pharmaceutical Companys are more interested in making money than relieve the patients from sufferings,

 

It is a superior drug than any alternative drugs available in the market. I request FDA to bring back DRIXORAL in the market.

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Tominzion, Community Member
1/17/12 11:07am

I agree completely, though not in so much anger.  Drixoral is the only thing I've found that keeps my nasal passages clear.  My pharmacist explained the legal restrictions on Drixoral some time ago and now I can't find it in any store or pharmacy here.  Banning a product because of illegal use doesn't help anyone.  The illegals still get it and those who NEED it suffer.  It didn't work for prohibition, it doesn't work in extreme gun control and it doesn't work here.  The only people not able to get the forbidden products are those who really do need them.

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Bear Spirit, Community Member
2/ 1/13 9:01am

They didn't ban it because folks can make crystal meth out of it. You can still get Sudafed from behind the counter in limited amounts, far as I know, and pseudoephedrine is the ingredient you can use to make meth. (People also used to use ephedrine, the little 'minithin' speeders they sold in gas stations. Also Benzedrex inhalers, and Vicks inhalers, which contain desoxephedrine, and you can't find any of those anymore.) There is some other sneaky trickery going on here. Pharmacutical manufacturers don't exist to make people feel better, they exist to make money. Period. All they are interested in is profits. They don't give a flying funk if people cook their products into dope, long as the company shows profit margin. It's all about money (which is nothing but worthless paper anyway, but I won't get into that aspect here.) I don't doubt for one second that there is something else that we are not being told, since governments are all notorious liars. Like several folks have stated, the old green Drixoral actually worked. I remember when they were prescription only, and they were the only thing that actually did work. They got me thru a couple of rough times. (I write as I sit here applying a hot washcloth to my face to ease a sinus headache) These days I take four OTC Motrin (800mg) at four hour intervals, just to be able to function, sometimes augmented with extra-strength Tylenol. Sometimes I just feel like taking a .45 and shooting myself in the face to stop everything. (But that's a coward's way out, and I'm a warrior, so ain't gonna happen, not today, at least.) I say write the FDA, and your congress persons, write them repeatedly, spam their inboxes, spam their voicemail, etc. Maybe if enough folks do it, maybe the lazy bums will actually do something besides wasting time and taxpayer money. (Ha! Yeah, right.) I'm barking out of my tree. Woof woof.

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Bear Spirit, Community Member
2/ 1/13 9:01am

They didn't ban it because folks can make crystal meth out of it. You can still get Sudafed from behind the counter in limited amounts, far as I know, and pseudoephedrine is the ingredient you can use to make meth. (People also used to use ephedrine, the little 'minithin' speeders they sold in gas stations. Also Benzedrex inhalers, and Vicks inhalers, which contain desoxephedrine, and you can't find any of those anymore.) There is some other sneaky trickery going on here. Pharmacutical manufacturers don't exist to make people feel better, they exist to make money. Period. All they are interested in is profits. They don't give a flying funk if people cook their products into dope, long as the company shows profit margin. It's all about money (which is nothing but worthless paper anyway, but I won't get into that aspect here.) I don't doubt for one second that there is something else that we are not being told, since governments are all notorious liars. Like several folks have stated, the old green Drixoral actually worked. I remember when they were prescription only, and they were the only thing that actually did work. They got me thru a couple of rough times. (I write as I sit here applying a hot washcloth to my face to ease a sinus headache) These days I take four OTC Motrin (800mg) at four hour intervals, just to be able to function, sometimes augmented with extra-strength Tylenol. Sometimes I just feel like taking a .45 and shooting myself in the face to stop everything. (But that's a coward's way out, and I'm a warrior, so ain't gonna happen, not today, at least.) I say write the FDA, and your congress persons, write them repeatedly, spam their inboxes, spam their voicemail, etc. Maybe if enough folks do it, maybe the lazy bums will actually do something besides wasting time and taxpayer money. (Ha! Yeah, right.) I'm barking out of my tree. Woof woof.

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HOMERBEAR, Community Member
8/ 6/12 9:13pm

I FOUND THIS MED THE BEST FOR COLD/ALLEGY..I DID NOT FIND THIS MED OVERLY SEDETING.....LEAVE  IT TO THE FEDS  TOO F----K  IT UP.... IT WAS A GOOD MED...THE DEA LIKE MANY FED LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY ARE VERY PARANOID!

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HOMERBEAR, Community Member
8/ 6/12 9:13pm

I FOUND THIS MED THE BEST FOR COLD/ALLEGY..I DID NOT FIND THIS MED OVERLY SEDETING.....LEAVE  IT TO THE FEDS  TOO F----K  IT UP.... IT WAS A GOOD MED...THE DEA LIKE MANY FED LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY ARE VERY PARANOID!

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CINDY, Community Member
9/ 1/12 7:39am

AMEN !!!!!  WE LOVE IT AS WELL IT'S THE ONLY THING THAT HELPS MY HUSBAND AND NOW I CAN'T FIND IT ANYWHERE UGH !!

 

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CINDY, Community Member
9/ 1/12 7:39am

AMEN !!!!!  WE LOVE IT AS WELL IT'S THE ONLY THING THAT HELPS MY HUSBAND AND NOW I CAN'T FIND IT ANYWHERE UGH !!

 

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MiMi, Community Member
10/ 1/09 2:48pm

From the Schering-Plough website:

 

Drixoral® Cold and Allergy

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 2009. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We can offer several alternatives in the meantime.

Claritin® D-12
Claritin® D-24

We hope you will be patient with us during this period and thank you for supporting our product.

 

Contact Us
Questions? or Comments:
1-800-317-2165
Hours of operation:
Monday through Friday from 8am - 5pm CST

------------------------------------------------

 

Claritin does NOT work for me.  It's like taking a sugar pill!

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Redson Biner, Community Member
10/17/09 10:05pm

The newly packaged Drixoral product is an updated "new Look" with the same green pills... Not sure who or where the pills come from that others have claimed are white?  Turkey?  Well, Drixoral pills in the new boxes, are, by all indications, from Schering Canada.  The ONLY thing that does not make sense so far, is that the word "Drixoral" is not printed in black on the tablet itself, as it is with the original US pills...which I have a few old ones remaining to compare.

 

Going to call Schering Canada next week and see why the pill is not stamped anymore... or, are these conterfeit?  

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Golfer, Community Member
1/10/10 1:56am

I have purhased Drixoral in the US before they took it off the market and I never saw the word Drixoral printed on it.

Today I go to Canada to purchase them, in fact in Canada you don't have to even sign for them like I did in the US!! Strange wouldn't you say??? You only have to take them right off the shelf.

Do you think it has anything to do with our drug companies????? I DO!! 

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Custom, Community Member
2/ 8/10 11:19pm

There not the same pills.

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tuffpo, Community Member
4/23/13 2:47am

I was a P. O. for 34 years, starting in1965.  When I worked at our detention facility we used to give out Drixoral regularly.  Not one of those green pills ever had "Drixoral" imprinted on them.  Maybe Shering-Plough out-sourced alot of their inventory at some point.

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Custom, Community Member
2/ 8/10 11:23pm

My son found some of the Original pills with the black writing on them in an old coat of mine. They work like they should. The ones from Canada, that I've found so far, are not at all like the original pills. Totally different, which i thought they were.Where can the Original ones be found? Anyone??

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donald m salazar, Community Member
3/25/10 11:18pm

IF  U FIND OUT LET ME KNOW.....

 

 

THIS IS THE  best...........PILL  EVER

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Kim, Community Member
10/25/09 6:34pm

If it is made and distributed In Canada , why can"t  it be distributed to the United States?   That is the BEST medicine for a cold or alleregies  I have ever used.  Clairtin IS ABSOLUTELY USELESS.   DRIXORAL started to work within an hour after taking it. Especially for congestion. I'm wondering how many years it will take to move the manufacturing plant.  Its already been aleast a year.

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Shiroky, Community Member
11/ 9/09 10:35am

I agree!  These are the only pills that really work.  I take others when I think I can get buy without Drixoral and to stretch out more Drixoral pills.   But when it is really bad, I take those!  I have to make the Drixoral last, otherwise I would never buy anything else.

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Kent, Community Member
11/30/09 5:27pm

Spoke with the Shering-Plough Customer Service today and they are still saying Drix will become available sometime after the end of the year 2009?

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Paul, Community Member
12/ 3/10 5:22pm

BS, it's 2010 already almost 2011. We got yto the moon quicker than their move. Maybe Obama has something to do with it. You're right about it working. I've done the same train of all the other meds.

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Raven, Community Member
4/ 1/10 4:30pm

Drixoral medicine is used to treat symptoms associated with colds and allergies such as itchy and watery eyes, nasal and sinus congestion, runny nose and sneezing. Drixoral discontinued in the US is still available in Canada. Drixoral Canada can be procured from online pharmacies

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Ldycher, Community Member
12/20/09 4:18pm

Claritin...? are you kidding... It doesn't work. Only those who suffer from really bad allergies know how much we really need Drixoral.

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Ldycher, Community Member
12/20/09 4:18pm

Claritin...? are you kidding... It doesn't work. Only those who suffer from really bad allergies know how much we really need Drixoral.

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Janiece Bernardini, Community Member
1/ 2/10 1:47pm

When will Drixoral be available?  Claritin does nothing for me.  I've tried brand new stuff (prescriptions), OTC stuff...nothing works like Drixoral did.  Please, please bring it back!

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wilsher, Community Member
1/ 5/10 8:00pm

I am trying to wait patient for Drixoral to return  to mhy WalMart orwherever shelves...can you tell us when tis will happen???

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sben, Community Member
4/11/10 9:10pm

Yesm Drixoral is the only one that works, PLUS I have found that one Drixoral+650-900mg of asprin +12oz is the best cure that I have found for my migrains. It works for me. I need my Drixoral.

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Tater, Community Member
4/17/10 1:57pm

Claritin also does not work for me nor does any of the other prescription allergy medications that I have tried.  Drizoral was suggested to me over 14 years ago by my physican when I was pregnant and it worked like a dream.  I have been an allergy sufferer for over 30 years and nothing has ever helped.  I continued to use drixoral up until it was no longer available.  I have yet to find another allergy med that compares although I have found that Tylenol severe allergy works well although I do have to take it more often than I did the drixoral as I only had to take one dixoral at bedtime.  I feel that taking Drixoral off the shelves as they did with no explanation was extremely poor judgement on behalf of the pharmacutical company.  This may lead one to believe there is more to the story than what is being told and perhaps questions the safety of Schering-Plough's medications.

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itching in america, Community Member
4/19/10 9:56pm

a a reaction that will likely send me to hospital..........if i could get drixoral would not have to go.........is it a conspirosy? i think so.........just rediculous, i have goverment paid ins.....give me what i can take and i will cost you good taxpayers less money........i am sorry but i have to go and jack up your taxes...its not what i want.......GIVE ME MY DARN MEDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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wayneproperties, Community Member
6/24/10 2:37am

Um, how about "unlikely to be available EVER". It doesn't take years to setup a new plant. In fact, I work in the world of BIG manufacturing, and our "relocated" manufacturing plants cause delays equaling days, and weeks in some cases. Not YEARS. Give us a break. If and when you decide you will bless us once again with Drixoral, everyone can bet it won't be the same. You'll screw up the formula so it won't do squat for allergies. It will work kinda like that other do nothing pill - Claritin.

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trumome, Community Member
11/29/11 3:16pm

Agreed.  What I can't figure out (unless I think on it for at least 15 seconds, that is), is why can't they just get another manufacturing plant (their own or another competitor, even) to produce the pills that they are "relocating/restructuring the plant" (yeah, right)... I mean skittles and m&m are the exact same shape and size, aren't they? Where ever they make those could easily put out a batch of Drixoral.  They even have the green candy coating, lol.

 

I don't think it is the company that's screwing around with drixoral.  It's the US gov't.  (and not Obama, as he's having to carry out previous administrations' orders, laws etc.) However, I do wish Schering/Plough had the cojones to admit they have been ordered to quit mfg. in US.

 

WHY DON'T THEY JUST RETURN THE PRODUCT TO Rx ONLY????  Weird also, is that Sudafed was also originally a prescription product; they could do a lot to reduce the METH production problem if they would just make OTC products that were once Rx only, back to Rx only.  Simple.  But of course nothing is ever simple, especially when the Government is involved (especially the various departments, such as FDA, etc.)

 

 

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Nicole, Community Member
2/18/11 2:04am

It's 2011...Where is it???  (Please) let us know!!!   Thank You

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pauline, Community Member
4/22/11 12:17pm

I have used Drixoral since it was first introduced on prescription. It was twice as powerfull then as it was when it became over the counter.

 

I have never needed it every day but needed it a lot in the spring and late summer. It is the only hting that has ever worked.

 

I used to buy a pack just about everytime I went to the store. This spring I found I had only one box left, out of a half dozen I had a couple years ago, and wanted to get some more. The best I have found is its still made in the US but they no longer sell it in the US.

 

I would suspect The FDA and Drug enforcement are the reason. It does not take much a threat to make a drug company worry about being shut down.

 

I have checked my boxes and they say expire 2006. well they still work better than any thing else on the market. I noticed the suposedly new good drugs are 60 pills for 25 bucks. and Benadryl is like 7 bucks for 48.

 

I have some fears of ordering anything from out of country, too many counterfit drugs, not sure its worth it.

 

Drixoral seems to work for only about 6 hours, but used to work for 12 or more. but then it was about a buck a pill back then as well. As they were precription back then Insurance covered almost all of it.

 

Please someone get them to remanufacture this product, it worked. what else can be a better reason to bring it back.

 

Never reed any complaints about it. Something I can not say about the others.

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Mrs, Brier, Community Member
3/18/11 5:30am

I can not take a decongestant - that starts an allergic reaction that would have me in an emergency clinic or hospital and that bill would be enormous.  This is so silly, when we all are trying to cut down on unnecessary visits so that the American people can have reasonable costs for insurance.  Hopefully, your company has not sold out to these pressures.  I understand it is a business you are running, but was not your original mission to help people are did that go to the backburner for money.  Where is the honorable people that can help us that need it.

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lilnurse, Community Member
12/ 2/09 5:34pm

drixoral is not available anymore to the public because the pharmaceutical company that used to produce the medication has sold out to another company now. the new company wants to repackage it and then remarket it with a new name under their company logo now. of course, it will look different and maybe even "NEW". that is what has happened to the medication and why you cannot find it on the market. i did some digging and found this out from my local pharmacy.

 

a concerned prior drixoral user

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us75n, Community Member
12/16/09 5:56pm

I spoke with the  company today and they are now saying it will be back in June or July 2010 pending FDA aprovale for the new facility.

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lpineiro96, Community Member
12/22/09 10:05am

LOL but when you are THIS sick with triple X pumpkin head and sore throat and all, you WANT to sleep so they should just leave Drixoral alone and quit messing with us folks. :)

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Deborah, Community Member
1/ 4/10 12:39am

Dear Dr. Thompson,

 

My Mother and I have used Drixoral Cold and Allergy for years.  I have only had to use it off and on, but with all the mold and such in South Carolina, I need it more often than when the Air Force shipped us to other states.  My Mother now lives with  me and we are both MISERABLE!!!!!!  The is NO replacement for Drixoral that works for either of us.  I will use Zantac D occassionally to try and get some sort of air through my nose, but, even that isn't a good substitute.  My poor doctor is just as confused as me as to why the company that makes Drixoral didn't catch their problem before it became "my" problem.  Anyway, I just wanted to sound in for two more people that are very unhappy about the situation and what seems to be no resolution in sight.

 

Deborah and Mom

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redeyedirish, Community Member
2/20/10 10:01pm

I too was a long time Drixoral user who was left wondering what happened?!  There was absolutely nothing else on the market that even came close to working like Drixoral and there still isn't.  The answer that the pharm. co. gave regarding moving their plant is a joke - no pharm. co. would ever stop producing a drug with such wild success.  They manage to still produce and sell drugs with known damaging side effects so what on earth happened with Drixoral???   My assumption is that there must be some horrific situation that was settled in court with a gag order and a complete stoppage of the drug. All pharm. co are just too greedy to not produce this drug if they legally could. 

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llisaad, Community Member
3/ 7/10 12:45pm

I agree Drixoral is the best OTC for allergy's.   Our doctor gave my son a perscription for Brovex.  Doc said that it is an older medication that has the same ingredients that Drixoral has.  It seems to work as well but is about $50 for 30 pills.

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BruceInCola, Community Member
8/10/10 12:22pm

Brovex is the same thing as OTC Dimetapp (same active ingredient). 

 

It took me a while to find a Drixoral replacement, tried them all, and only drugs with the ingredient found in Dimetapp (Brompheniramine) works almost as well.  I say almost, but it's pretty darn close for me.

 

Problem is finding an OTC formulation that isn't for kids.  Some brands that have this ingredient are:  Dimetane (OTC), SOME Dimetapp (OTC), and Lodrane (Rx), the last one being the one I take.  It's a 24H formulation, that allows you to scale dosage (one or two pills per 24h depending on how bad your symptoms are), so it's great for me, just relatively expensive.  I am currently looking for an OTC source that doesn't require taking in children's liquid every 4 hs to get the same effect.

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critterresq, Community Member
11/22/10 5:50pm

After scanning the comments in this thread it was quite refreshing to finally come upon your text.  It looks like u have actually taken the time to do some pretty thorough research for any similar drugs.  Most everyone else has just spent a bunch of time whining and complaining instead of making better use of that time as you have done.

I'm a pharmacy tech and I literally grew up in a pharmacy because my mother is a fourth generation pharmacist.  I've always been very difficult to treat for allergies, colds, etc because my system reacts strangely to antihistamines/decongestants.  Growing up my mother learned to use Drixoral or Dimetapp on me when needed because these seemed to have the fewest side-effects for me.  Other than some occasional drowsiness Ididn't have any other problems.

This fall I've had the worst allergy problems that Ive ever had so I have been having to try all of these other "better" drugs that have come out in the last few years.  Claritin did nothing.  Everything else either did nothing or made me drowsy so I began searching for the Drixoral and Dimetapp of the past.  I'm not familiar with the drugs that you mentioned that contain Brompheneramine other than Dimetapp.  I finally broke down and bought the pediatric Dimetapp last night and it is helping me.  I noticed in your post that you are unhappy with the amount of liquid you are having to take so I just wanted to make sure you are aware that children's Dimetapp is available in tablet form.  It's a little harder to find than the liquid but I did find the tablets last night at a WalGreen's Pharmacy.  They are grape flavored chewable tablets but they can just be swallowed without chewing. 

 The suggested dose is: adults and children over 12= 4 tablets every 4 hours as needed

I hope this will help.

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sneezy, Community Member
3/22/10 7:22pm

I started taking drixoral in 1978. I took it everyday for 7 years. When I get an allergy attack it is the only pill I take that works for me. I hope it is available again otherwise I rather not take anything than take claritin or zyrtec.

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Bogframe, Community Member
4/ 8/10 10:11am

I took Drixoral since the clinical trials prior to its general release. It's the ONLY drug that has ever worked on my allergies and I have been miserable without it. I hope the new batches are the same formulation and not tampered with.

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Charlie, Community Member
7/ 4/10 1:53pm

NOTHING and I mean NOTHING works like Drixoral.  My Dr. prescribed Drixoral for me way back in the early 80's.  Then I was able to buy it over the counter.  Then for 2 years now, it has been off the market and I have tried everything there is on the market to help my hay fever, and my allergies.  NOTHING else works so when will this product become available again?  I need it!

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Rick of Georgia, Community Member
7/29/10 8:46am

WalMart now carries generic 30mg pseudoephedrine pills, behind the counter, and cheap!  They also have their generic brand of dexbrompheniramine pills cheap!  The only drawback is that you would have to take them every 4 hours to be equivalent to a 12 hour time-released Drixoral.  But I have found that they work for me a lot longer than 4 hours!  Evidentally, Drixoral was stronger than what I needed anyway.

 

I'm tired of paying Canadian pharmacies about $1 per pill for Drixoral, or Claritin-D behind the counter at drug stores!  I'm going to Wally World!

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nick, Community Member
10/27/10 7:50am

ok, we can make our own?  now that walmart sells the important ingredient dexbrompheniramine, we can make our own.  remember when Drixoral was available as a generic at some of  the bog-box stores?  I do.  first that went away and I paid the steep price for the branded drug.  Now SP has pissed me off.  Not only will I try  wal-mart solution, but I am boycotting all SP products.

 

there is no reason that should have lied to use for over two years.  I just used my last pill this week, and I ma heading to Wal-mart for my solution.  I can live with a four hour pill, this will give me more control of the drug anyway.  Screw you SP...

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Melissa Erickson, Community Member
8/27/10 7:23am

Oh wow, this is so not fair at all, not being able to purchase Drixoral nose spray.

I was at a cook out this past Saterday and the host being a close friend who just moved back from Canada about three years ago, noticed how misserable I was with my sinus congestion. She asked me if i was taking anything, well of course i am I told her. But nothing seems to work, I was thinking I would proboble have to go to the E.R. I was in distress. She said come with me, we walked to her bathroom, she opended her medicine cabinet, pulled out a little bottle of nose spray, we cleaned the top with alcohol, and I used it. And for the first time in a month, I COULD BREATH!!!!!!!! I can BREATH, I can BREATH, I can BREATH. Let me tell you, she saved the GOV. a big bill, Im on medicaid at the moment and was about to use the Emergency room. Instead, I have relieve from something I can not purchase???? OMG......That is so not fair, not fair what so ever...Im gonna move, to canada, just so I can BREATH!!! I mean, Ive used every over the counter nose spray that is available to me, and I was getting worse. I think the stuff that is available to us, is causing infections, because, when it does not work like it should, we tend to over use it. With Drixoral, one spray in each side and Im good all day, all night and Ive slept better than I ever have when allergy season is here for me!! Now, why cant I order this from Canada and have it sent to me? Will I get in trouble if I do???

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Michael, Community Member
10/15/10 5:38pm

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Today I called the company, and was told that they are awaiting the approval of FDA, for the move of the pharmaceutical company, and Drixoral should be available again the first quarter of next year (2011). We'll have to wait and see then if every one calls the company, hopefully they would work do what ever they need to do to bring it back.

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ADW, Community Member
10/19/10 10:00am

dear Dr. it has just today come to my attention that Dixoral has been removed from the counter, my assistant researced the internet and now we have what you say is  the " real"  reason why it has been removed. nonsesne...I bellieve the pill outsells every sinus pill on the counter..if you notice every drug store now has a store brand dominating the shelf space. allow me  to give you my history. over 25 yrs ago i was a health fanatic I only ate every 72 hrs because i believed the less you ate the longer you lived, i was a vegetarian and i had a black belt in martial arts, i had one problem sinus, my sinus was so bad it would make my hand shake every where i went i had tissues, the car, office, pockets, home etc. one day my physician said use Dixoral , i refused becasue i did not take pills, she replied then suffer. I said i do not want anything habit forming she said  is OTC , it comes in two colors representing two strengths blue for day time, green for nite use. because i had a chauffeur i used the green only everyday for at least 5 years. My sinus was coming under control so i began to use the pill every 5 days, my sinus then became so controllable that i then started using the blue pill once a week if my sinus flared up i would use a green pill. after 5 more years i weaned my self off the pill altogehter but i introduced the pill to everybody. wife, mother, children, strangers. i told them all about this pill.a few years ago my sinus began to bother me again and i went looking for the pill. i found you now needed to present your license to get the  pill. in recent weeks i have been asked to pick up Dixoral for a sibling I went many places and  no one has the pill. when i asked the phamacist about the pill they all knew about it but they to were shocked to find it was not available when they searched for it. i purchase other allergy pills and none of them worked. and i beleive they moved that pill because it surpassed all other products I believe that.  industry does not want products that really work and cure people, it cuts down on ongoing revenue. Thats my  humble opinion

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Steve M., Community Member
12/18/10 10:21pm

Dear Dr. Thompson,

 

I am originally from Southern California.  I was prescribed Drixoral, by one of the developers /researchers and continued to use the product, with great success before I relocated to Northern Colorado.  At that time I didn't have a need for Drixoral.  I ended up relocating to the Virginia about 10 years ago and in the past seasons, since I was unable to locate Drixoral, I used Claritin and Zyrtec, with limted results.

 

I understand the the old Bureau of Narcotics / DEA and state authorities, especially in Southern California, have a problem with methamphetamine "cookers" and distrbution.  The "cookers" derive the pseudoephedrine for the production of methampheamine.

 

As someone who has chronic sinusitis, granted there is an abuse of drugs, however, shutting off the supply because of the abuses of the few as compared to the benefits for the many, is quite unreasonable.

 

I am sure that Schering/Plough-Merck can find a happy medium, where is can be contained as a controlled-substance and therefore allow for full production of this product for us who are truly suffering.  

 

Can someone please find out when the manufacturer can get production back on line, even if it is for mail-order sales and controlled by them?

 

Thank you,

 

Steven Moshlak

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Paul Toombs, Community Member
3/11/11 2:48pm

I've been using Drixoral for springtime allergies for several years, and I have never had better results with any other brand.  Even though I get a bit drowsy, in the evening usually.  I find that one 12 hour tablet works for me for 32 hours.  Which means I Don't have to take as much.  This year I havent been able to find Drixoral in any stores and so I tried Clariton-D.  And athough I get relief, I still have to take one everyday.  I still think I prefer Drixoral..

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GoofeeDave, Community Member
11/18/12 6:37am

               Y'all are missing the point!!!

 I've read enough of all the whinning & complaining . . . . .

 

    If Y'all will take note of when it was removed,

    You will notice it was shortly after OBAMA became the POTUS!!!

AND NOW with Obamacare, things are gonna be WORSE!!!

 

I too, was prescribed the GREEN Drixoral back in the early 80's. And nothing has worked like it since OBAMA took control of the office of the POTUS!!!  

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jean margheim, Community Member
6/28/08 11:43pm

Why is Drixoral unavailable?

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ophthalm33, Community Member
7/19/08 7:13pm
Drixoral contained pseudoephedrine, which 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 have reformulated to use phenylephrine, less-effective, but unregulated. Drixoral and other regulated OTC sales plummeted from the difficulty involved in buying and 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 for many. Basically, you can thank 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
DOCJAY, Community Member
10/ 2/09 2:14pm

yes the Big A**HOLES AT THE DEA think its going  to help,pretty soon you wont be able to buy PEROXIDE OR NAIL POLISH REMOVER without a prescription.they would like a country without any controlled items PERIOD.

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Rachel C., Community Member
12/25/09 2:26pm

I can remember when Drixoral was available by prescription only. You would think that with so many people who need this medication that the fda would make that way again. People need this medication, myself included. When I have a cold, this is the only thing that helps. I can function with this medication when I'm sick so that means less work being missed.

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Okiewildwoman, Community Member
3/29/10 11:00pm

It is absolutely the only med that stops my acute symptoms--when I get that crazy feeling, itchy throat, non-stop sneezing--only Drixoral helps.  I guess it's the active ingredient, dexbrompheniramine--I've tried to find any other med that has that particular chemical, but they all have a different one, and believe me they do not work as well. Hope I can keep ordering it from Canada--if not, I'll just poke my eyes out!!!

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Jerry, Community Member
8/21/08 6:27pm

Two CVS pharmacists were clueless, but I eventually confirmed with a knowledgable pharmacist who confirmed that Drixoral has been discontinued.  She could not recommend a comparable alternative.  I see it is available on the Web from Canada, but very expensive.  I've been using it for years, and it works really well.  Too bad

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DOCJAY, Community Member
10/ 2/09 2:31pm

As a retired pharm.tech the main reason it was dc'd was because it was a dead item.i remember when DRIXORAL & DISOPHROL TABS were very popular rx items,along with ORNADE SPANSULES,{how many people remember that}

than they took them off rx and the items just died.(remember CONTAC)anyway this other decongestant that their using phenylephrine hcl{WHICH IS ORAL NEOSYNEPHRINE} is very weak orally compared to SUDAFED.

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melaniesilver, Community Member
6/14/10 9:18pm

hi,

i was on ornade when it was in trials and when it came on the market. put me to sleep for 8 hrs at a crack. why do they take away what works for people. dimeatap also helped me but now all i can get is the kids liquid which tastes like grape coolade. yuck 

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RodMan, Community Member
8/22/08 1:40pm

Drixoral is NOT discontinued! I just got off phone with the manufacturer and Drixoral will be available some time next year. They are in the process of moving the operation to another plant and that is the reason it is no longer available at this time.

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Lee, Community Member
5/ 7/09 10:35am

If it isn't discontinued, why can't I find it?  Also, when you say sometime "next year" --when did you write this does next year mean 2009 or 2010?

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Guido, Community Member
8/10/09 3:34am

Drixoral is still being manufactured. Many Pharmacies stopped carrying it when they were forced to keep it behind the counter. Some still carry it.

 

I mail order from Canada cause it's cheaper in the long run.

 

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debying, Community Member
8/12/09 9:14pm

Did they tell you when it was going to be available again.  I have been going crazy seezying like crazy have tried a lot of other OTC available and non of them work.  When is it coming back on the market. 

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nls, Community Member
9/12/09 11:45pm

Thank you for confirming that I am not "crazy."  Drixoral has been the only allergy medication that works.  My medicine cabinet is filled with every possible allery medicine on the market...to no avail.  My doctor told me that patients with thyroid disease should not be taking allergy medicine anyway.  Since being off Drixoral, I have had countless colds/flus do to my running nose and itchy eyes.  Is it safe to order the pills from Canada?

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Marilyn Cantor, Community Member
9/ 3/08 12:11am

The only thing that helps me when I have a cold is Drixoral.  A doctor recommended that I take it at the first sign of a cold...I can't find it anywhere.  Where can I get it?  Nothing helps like Drixoral!

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Sara Gratiot, Community Member
9/16/08 5:09pm

I just spoke with Schering-Plough.  The manufacture of Drixoral is being moved to another plant in a different location, and this requires FDA approval in many aspects of the manufacture.  Drixoral is expected to be available again next year, but even those who work at Schering do not know when during 2009 this might happen.  They are also aware that the Canadian distributors or pharmacies are taking advantage of this crisis by raising prices.  The last time I bought Drixoral in the US, it was $12 - $15 per package of 20.  Two months ago, one Canadian pharmacy was charging $20 for the same size package, and now it is over $45 for the same thing!  If you call Schering-Plough, you can get on a mailing list to receive notification when Drixoral is getting ready to be released again in the US. 

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Michael Kays, Community Member
9/17/08 5:23pm

It's interesting to note that if Drixoral is truly only off the market until the new processing plant is established, why is it so readily available in Canada?  If I was a wise businessman, and had a product that was very effective, I would want to get as much for it as I could.  Perhaps a good stategy for doing so would be to deplete the market in one area (U.S.A.), and make it readily available in another market (Canada), but jack the price up 400 to 600%..JMHO

I found another product. Lodrane 24D that had the same active ingredients as Drixoral, I just got a call from my allergist office, they had tried to prescribe it for me, it seems that product has been discountinued as well. 

These two products have different manufacturers, Drixoral is Schering-Plough, and Lodrane 24d is ECR Pharmaceuticals.

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Michael Kays, Community Member
9/17/08 5:43pm

pseudoephedrine One of the active ingredients in Drixoral is pseudoephedrine sulphate.  This seems to be the difference with other drugs being compared to Drixoral,  they  have a very similiar ingredient pseudoephedrine HCI.  Could it be the secret that makes Drixoral so effective compared to say Sudafed, which also has pseudoephedrine, but pseudoephedrine HCI? 

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dungeonmike, Community Member
12/25/10 1:58pm

The reason Drixoral works better than others is because the sulfate isn't water based like pseudeoephedrine HCI.  It stays in the body longer than HCI.  That is why it works better. 

Also the reason it was taken off the market was meth cookers were buying it to make meth.  So rather than making it a prescription drug they just removed it altogether. I bought some once in AZ and had to show my Driver's License. 

Why not just put it behind the counter and limit it to 2 boxes a day?

Nope, your government at work, get rid of it instead of going after the criminals that make illegal drugs.  Then normal people have to suffer.

I am a retired police officer so I had a lot of 1st hand knowledge of this type of goings on.

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guest55, Community Member
6/ 6/11 4:02pm

 I agree drixoral did work good to bad its not available, but there was many allergy medications you had to sign for and put a limit on how much you could buy to stop production of meth and im sure that policy alone busted a bunch of meth labs ive heard many stories where the store sold much more than there limit only so they could be followed home by law enforcement. so I dont think its been discontinued for that reason alone.

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LBartels, Community Member
9/20/08 11:16am

Why is Drixoral not available anymore??????

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Wolf, Community Member
9/24/08 8:22pm

The one poster has it right! Drixoral does have a "secret"  ingredient that makes it work while all others DO NOT!

 

I wonder why it is still available in Canada at rapist's prices too????

 

The good Doctor is ignorant! NOTHING else works but the ingredient in Drixoral! I have talked to several pharmacists who were willing to admit that fact! And they said it had been established in government Rea=search Reports too.

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Chuck L., Community Member
9/26/08 10:32am

A local pharmacist told me it was to be reformulated removing the "evil" Pseudoephedrine.  His opinion was that the new formula won't be worth a darn.

 

Is this all being done because of the DEA's crazy restrictions on pseudoephedrine purchases?  Wished the goverment would get out of our lives!

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karen Calabrese, Community Member
9/30/08 3:49pm

I finally found the answer at the manufacturer.

they are changing sites.. it will be available again

probably the first of the year in the same formulation

this is the number for a very nice young lady to take

your name and address. they will let you know when its

available again.

 

1-800-317-2165

 

this is from the site

http://www.schering-plough.com/schering_plough/pc/chcproducts.html

 

karen

 

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Janalle Purvis, Community Member
10/12/08 11:39am

Drixoral is the only thing tha I have found to help me when I have sinus problems.  Whe  will it be available & why is it not available now?  Can I get it anywhere?

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kaie potter, Community Member
10/18/08 7:35pm

teenagers were melting it down to inhale. dea made you show drivers license and ask the druggiest for it. plus you were limited to a box of 12 and had to sign a formal paper. i agree with the others. my family has used it for years and it works. now, i am suffering. go figure.

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karen, Community Member
10/19/08 7:11pm

i have no idea but it was the only item that took care my sinus and allergies.

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1sxyldy, Community Member
10/19/08 9:15pm

Why id drixoral unavailable?

 

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dmoore68, Community Member
10/20/08 7:59pm

The 1 thing that ACTUALLY WORKS and does not make me drousy.

The thing that I have been taking my hole life, because it works better than ANYTHING THAT A DOCTOR CAN WRITE. I have tried at least 20 different types of over the counter and from a doctor.I am sick of gambling @ $5.00-$7.00 a pop.I have a shelf full of garbage.

They quit making it???????????????????????????????

Can somebody please re-think this stupidity.

 

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Don Ard, Community Member
5/31/09 7:04pm

I whole-heartedly agree with everyone else out there who suffer with sinus/allergy problems and think the DEA needs to keep their nose out of it and let the medical professionals control it. I haven't been able to breath since they pulled Drixoral off the market. These damn kids today will melt down/use anything that will make them high today so why is the government acting so stupid over something that helped so many people? It's time adults quit paying the price for every stupid thing these kids do today.

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klee19572000, Community Member
11/ 3/08 4:57pm

I just called Scering-Plough and was told by their representitive that the lab responsible for manufacturing Drixoral is indeed being relocated. The representitive also informed me it may well be after 2009 before we see it again!

 DRIXORAL IS NOT BEING DISCONTINUED!

 

Schering-Plough:1-800-317-2165

 

Hope this is informative.

 

K. Livingston

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ecr, Community Member
11/ 6/08 3:52pm

Lodrane 24D is NOT discontinued.  I am an employee of ECR Pharmaceuticals, its manufacturer.  It is a prescription product.  If it is not currently stocked at your pharmacy, your pharmacist can order it quickly through their normal channels.

 

Lodrane 24D is a once-a-day antihistamine/decongestant.  Its active ingredients are brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine and it should provide relief very similar to Drixoral.

 

If you would like more information about the Lodrane family of products, visit our website at ecrpharma.com or email us at contactecr@ecrpharma.com.

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Ed, Community Member
11/ 6/08 3:59pm

I wanted to respond to Michael Kays regarding the unavailability of the allergy medicine, Lodrane 24D.  The product is prescription only and when my doctor prescribed it for me, the pharmacist did not have it, but told me that he could order it for me over night.  So, there was no issue in it not being available.  By the way, I used to take Drixoral and this Lodrane 24D does not make me as hyper as Drixoral did.  I take the Lodrane 24D just once a day and feel great after taking it.

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KM, Community Member
11/11/08 10:48am

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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Doug, Community Member
11/12/08 1:27pm

I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but I just got off the phone with a Shering-Plough representative and she said that they now don't see Drixoral being available in the U.S. until late 2009.  She also said that Canada's Drixoral is made by another manufacturer which is why it's still available but the price increases have nothing to do with Shering-Plough and don't come back to them in any way.  Bummer.

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Custom, Community Member
2/ 8/10 11:36pm

The Canadian pills are not the original pills that used to say Drixoral on them. I have found some of the original ones in an old coat pocket and took some. Even tho they were dated 2008, they still work great, i can breath again for a short time. The ones that i have found so far are noting , NOTHING like the real deal that was available two years ago. Someone is hiding something. Whats really in the originals anyways, and what trash are they trying to sell us now? Too weird, too many stories. It's a cover up of some sort, mark my words, more will be reveled....

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lynnesmom, Community Member
11/12/08 5:45pm

This is directly from the mfg website- maybe if enough of us complain, they will put it back on the market, I can't believe that something that worked so well, was removed.  Just goes to show that the almighty dollar is hard at work!

 

Drixoral® Cold and Allergy

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 2009. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We can offer several alternatives in the meantime.

Claritin® D-12
Claritin® D-24

We hope you will be patient with us during this period and thank you for supporting our product.

Contact Us

Questions? or Comments 1-800-317-2165

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 8am - 5pm CST Reply
SJ, Community Member
11/19/08 9:56am

 

I've tried Claritin-D and didn't find it nearly as effective as drixoral. Luckily, I have a box of drixoral left over from last year.

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Michelle, Community Member
11/25/08 2:45pm

I am a pharmacist and after reading all the questions and answers, I did a little research. There is Lodrane-24D and Lodrane-12D. They are both available from our wholesaler. There is a generic available for the 12D, but not the 24D. The combination of ingredients are brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine. This is the closest thing that I see to the Drixoral, which in my favorite anti-histamine/decongestant product.

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Clarence, Community Member
11/28/08 9:26pm

I've used Drixoral for 40 years because it is the only product

that works for me. The next best substitute I have found is a

Rite-Aid generic called "Lorata-D" 24-hour allergy, 5 tablets

for 5 bucks, 15 for $13 and change. 

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Vander626, Community Member
12/ 2/08 3:06am

Because it contains pseudoephedrine.

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SharylM, Community Member
12/ 8/08 10:06am

I have Menierre's and Drixoral is the ONLY med that works on a daily basis. Schering is moving their plant, as others have posted, so that they may continue manufacturing Drixoral...currently I get it from canada, but their prices have soared with the unavailability in the States.

 

Hopefully next year it will again be available in the States, or at least less expensive from Canada.

 

The only other med that helps Menierre's is Transderm Scopalomine patch, also available in Canada.

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drixoralNA, Community Member
12/ 9/08 7:12pm

Surprisingly, Dirxoral is off the market in the US but is readily available in CanadaUndecided I bought some Drixoral from an online Canadian pharmacy and it shipped the same day!! That means it is in stock!! Also I received the package within 3 days. These guys have great customer service and will put you to ease regardingnay questions taht you might have about shipment. Check it out at:

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

 

It works!! Kudos!!

 

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thesecret, Community Member
12/19/08 2:14am

Of course its available!! there are tons of online stores - the best being . http://trumedcanada.com/canada.drugs/drixoral.aspx. once you buy, pls come back here and confirm that it IS available - lets stop these rumours..

Cheers!

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Lou, Community Member
12/20/08 8:32pm

I called Schering a few months ago. I was advise that they were relocating the factory and that production had been temporarily suspended. I was assured that Drixoral would be back on the market "after the first of the year".

 

Because the ingredients are used to make meth some states require registration of all sales. They also limit quantities. 

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DrKnow, Community Member
12/29/08 3:08pm

I suspect that there is some truth to the manufacturing story. There is also truth to the meth DEA problem. I believe there is more that is not being said about this...I remember when this was a prescription medication and was really happy to get it OTC in the 1970s when generic drugs were starting to be bothersome to the drug companies. It was the strongest formulation of the med.

 

So if there was a way to get the OTC med back to prescription, it would increase revenue per dose, alleviate the DEA problem while increasing demand and everyone would be happier?

 

Brand Name(s)

 

  • Allegra-D
  • Zyrtec-D
  • Promethazine VC
  • Phenclor Tannate Pediatric
  • R-Tanna Pediatric
  • R-Tanna
  • Nalex-A
  • Bromfenex PD
  • Lodrane Liquid
  • Lodrane 12D
  • QDALL
  • Dytan-D
  • Dallergy-Jr
  • Chlorex-A
  • Andehist NR

     

    There may be other brand names for this medicine.

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    http://www.pdrhealth.com/drugs/otc/otc-mono.aspx?contentFileName=DNX0079.xml&contentName=DRIXORAL&contentId=1811

     

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    jan, Community Member
    1/ 4/09 7:39pm

    I called the 800 number last summer and asked the same question.  Their customer service rep stated that the manufacturing plant was changing and Drixoral would not be available until 1/2009.  That is their "official" word!  They also stated that it would take them several months to set up production at a new plant.  Hope this helps!

     

     

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    J, Community Member
    1/ 6/09 10:35am

    Try Children's Dimetapp, it has the brompheniramine maleate antihistamine.  Unfortunately it also only contains phenylephrine decongestant instead of pseudoephedrine.  Not sure if other versions are behind the counter.

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    Richard, Community Member
    1/ 7/09 11:08am

       As most peole on this thread I kinda freaked when I learned drixoral was no longer being made. Started using it when it was prescription. (A long time ago) I dont believe they have moved manufacturing and are just waiting to tool up. Makes no business sense....What does make sense is that the drug is 35 years old. The competition in allergy decongestants is fierce... Drixoral is retired I'll bet... The good news is I tried sudafed 12 Hr with the 125mg dose and it seems to work better. Drixoral always dried me out a little too much. It akso made certain things taste funny......

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    bstn96, Community Member
    1/17/09 2:28pm

    This is from drixorals manafacturers web-site about Drixoral (www.schering-plough.com/schering_plough/pc/chcproduct.html)  

    Drixoral® Cold and Allergy

    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 2009. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We can offer several alternatives in the meantime.

    Claritin® D-12
    Claritin® D-24

    We hope you will be patient with us during this period and thank you for supporting our product.

     

    Now I really wish they would just continue making Drixoral at the old factory which originally made the meds while they get all the proper authorizations to make it at the new location....Why is it when you find a great medication that works they stop making it?  I find it hard to believe that it would take this company about 2 years to start manafacturing this medication again at a new plant.  Makes me wonder why they really stopped making this wnder drug..In the meantime we all have to suffer and I guess wait and see if in 2010 they really start making it again.  I have still not found anything that works like Drixoral did!

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    Jimmy, Community Member
    1/30/09 5:03pm

    I went to a half dozen different stores today looking for Drixoral.  Of those stores I talked to three pharmacist and neither one knew anything beyond the fact that it was no longer avaiable in their particular store.  This prompted me to go on line and look for an answer which lead me to this website as well as that of Schering-plough.  Now I know what is going on thanks to the info I found on the Schering-Plough site along with the comments posted on this site from all you fellow Drixoral users out there.  I look forward to the return of Drixoral, when ever that may be, and I hope it happens in my lifetime.  It's just to bad that Schering-Plough couldn't plan better.

     

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    Drix, Community Member
    2/14/09 1:20pm

    Hey I have bought Drixoral several times from Canada and noticed like everyone else that the price sky-rocketed.  This last purchase, done in Jan 09, has still not been received.  I just got a letter from the FDA, Health and Human Services that this drug was unapproved.  I called the HHS number to speak with the MD that sent the letter but only got his vm.  The FDA listed that this drug appears to be a "new drug without an approved new drug application."  I ask, can we really be that inefficient?  No wonder we need bailouts and stimulus plans.

     

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    HenryLar, Community Member
    2/21/09 4:07pm

    According to Schering-Plough, the manufacturer of Drixoral, the product is presently and only, temporarily unavailable until they complete the move of the manufacturing location for the product.

     

    More information may be found by visiting their webpage which specifically refers to the move and the likely re-introduction of the product in 2010:

     

    http://www.schering-plough.com/products/drixoral.aspx

     

    Questions? or Comments:
    1-800-317-2165
     
    Hours of operation:
    Monday through Friday from 8am - 5pm CST

     

    Henry

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    Bowman Bob, Community Member
    2/26/09 6:36am

    Carol, Drixoral is being manufactured and packaged for Canadian distribution. The price is high, but I'd rather pay $40 for a box of Drixoral that works than $10 for something that doesn't. Even better: Taken early enough, Drixoral is the only OTC that prevents my seasonal allergies from turning into ear, nose and throat infections (saving me doctor visits, antibiotics, steroidal sprays, prescription antihistamines, discomfort and time). So, yes:

    - the factory moved

    - it continues to be sold in Canada

    - for many high-priced Drixoral remains cheaper than the stated alternatives

     

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    Purpleeagl, Community Member
    2/26/09 2:06pm

    Just a quick update. The FDA had approved a reformulation of the product back in 2005. I would think this might be related to the manufacturing move.

     

    http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/drugsatfda/index.cfm?fuseaction=Search.DrugDetails

     

    Look under Drixoral and Approval History.

     

    I have been using it since early 1970s. I was part of the clinical trial for children. There is nothing better. Once I heard it was not available I started to horde them. I now will try the Canadian route.

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    JB, Editor
    3/ 9/09 5:10pm

    An update for you all:


    Drixoral's manufacturer, Schering-Plough Corp., according to US News & World Report, "...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 site about the Drixoral issue that you can see here.

     

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    Meech0737, Community Member
    3/12/09 12:32pm

    Drixoral always helped me with a cold or allergies.  I have been sick since Saturday and nothing could touch it untll my mother talked to the pharmacist at Walmart.  She suggested CareOne non-drowsy Suphedrine 12-hour relief.  I took it this morning and it worked wonders. I feel the best I've felt in days. It worked just as good as Drixoral (for me anyway). It was $3.00 for 10 caplets,  I say give it a try. Hope this helps.

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    TheDeadly1, Community Member
    3/16/09 6:25pm

    I, like the vast majority of posters, have been using Drixoral for years. I have tried others, but none have worked well. I also liked that I could get it in a 30pk for $10 at my local warehouse store.

     

    I, too, have seen the info page on the manufacturer's web site. Being in the pharma biz formerly, I'm having an issue buying into the reasoning for its departure from the market. If there was a commitment to continue producing Drixoral, why stop production in the old plant while setting up production in the new plant unless they were required to shut down, there was an issue with the approval of the new plant or it was cost-prohibitive to continue in the old plant with the old formulation. Not that the manufacturer would ever lay out the entire picture, but I would not be surprised if never saw another one of those little green pills again.

     

    In an attempt to find something else that does an acceptable job of relieving my symptoms and keeping the headaches at bay, I have been auditioning other drugs. However, the federal law that limits the sale of pseudoephedrine products to no more than 3.6 grams per person per day and limits an individual's purchases to 9 grams or less per 30 day period is making my tryouts a lengthy affair. To date, I have had good success with Zyrtec-D and Walgreen's generic Wal-Zyr D. Considering that both are 12-hr relief and both are a bit pricey, I don't consider either to be the long-term solution that Drixoral was. I will try the Rite-Aid generic Lorata-D when I exhaust my current stock.

     

    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.

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    davea0511, Community Member
    3/22/09 3:55pm

    Arghh!

     

    All the allergy formulas seem non-drowsy now, or at least much less drowsy than previous formulations.  Who the **** wants a non-drowsy formula at night?  I've got a cold and I need to sleep to get better, drixoral was the only thing that satisfied both needs.  Sleeping pills are worthless in comparison - they screw with my internal clock.  Drixoral never did.  I slept like a rock, alergy free, and all better in the morning.  Never found a substitute.

     

    Arghh!

     

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    teddybear, Community Member
    3/24/09 11:10pm

    Does http://trumedcanada.com/canada.drugs/search.aspx?med=drixoral require a prescription?  I see a note on the page stating that all prescription products require a valid prescription be faxed, mailed, or emailed to them.  Ideas?  Thanks.

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    Losel 2, Community Member
    6/20/09 4:20pm
    I am in the same boat as almost everyone who has posted here. I was a long time user and Drixoral was the ONLY product that has helped me through my allergy attacks. I used to take every day but now only take it when I have my allergy attacks. I read through all these postings and decided that I need to have a supply to carry me over till this drug becomes available again to us here in the US. So I bit the bullet and ordered a supply from a Canada firm that was posted sometime back. This firm is: http://www.trumedcanada.com/OTC/Drixoral.Dexbrompheniramine.cold.12.hour.relief.aspx and I purchased the 120 count that makes for each pill at $.65. I did not require to have a prescription for this order since they consider this product as 'Over The Counter.' It took a mere four days to receive my order. Some may bulk at the packaging since everything is in French. No big to me, just wanted the product. With the raised cost of Drixoral buying it from Canada, I can live with that since I have already spent a fortune on trying this and that and nothing works to my satisfaction, even for short term. I will not be doing experimental tests with other products any longer. When I need relief, I want it now and from something that works! Anyway, I can attest to this firm I showed above to be just what everyone is looking for until this product is available to us here in the US again. I feel the cost is reasonable. You can just purchase quantities of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 80, 90, 100, and 120 to your needs. I opted for the max to save on any further shipping and handling charges. Please don't think that this is an advertisement trying to sell you on getting ordering from this firm. It is just where I went and how much was spent per pill. I'm sure there are others but I posted for comparison reasons only. Reply
    bring back drixoral, Community Member
    1/28/10 12:02am

    no http://www.trumedcanada.com does not require prescription for Drixoral. Drixoral is a over the counter products. i bought mine from then and it come in 5 business days.

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    CaboWabo, Community Member
    3/31/09 1:32pm

    I hope the CEO, COO, & CFO all die a most painful and horrific death! 

     

    My girlfriend has suffered continuously for not being able to get Drixoral.  It simply is the worst thing management of a company can do to remove a medicine which brings relief to those who truly need it just for the sake of profits, convenience, etc.

     

    Rot in Hell!

     

     

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    Leile, Community Member
    4/ 5/09 7:52pm

    HI! I truly don't know "why" it's not available, but I know I get really tired of finding formulas that work and having them yanked away!  Right now "they" are pulling my digestive enzymes from the shelves too.

    Anyway, no more complaining!!  Foot in mouth  I found a website that sells name brand and generic Drixoral.  Same formula & affordable! 

    www.NorthWestPharmacy.com/Drixoral

     

    Good Luck!

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    Chuck Daniel, Community Member
    4/ 8/09 11:22am

    I used drixoral for ear inbalance for over 25 years. It was the only thing that I could find that prevented it. About the time it was taken off the market the problem with the inbalance stopped but it was replaced with ringing in both ears. I learned later that the ringing was from long time use of an antihistmine which was Drixoral. The ringing, a form of Tentintus is consent and is horrable at times.Does anyone else have this problem as the result of taking Drixoral for a such a long time?

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    Crispini, Community Member
    4/13/09 10:04pm

    Just wanted to let you guys know you can order this from well.ca now.  Limited to 4 10 packs for shipping to the US but prices are reasonable. 

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    Ed Hir, Community Member
    4/26/09 11:02pm

    Went looking for Drixoral after all the posts. I am in the health profession and the story just doesn't cut it with me. No business takes this long to transfer a site of production unless they are outsourcing it to China or India. The most likely thing is that it fell out of patent/regulations of ephedrin or something like that and it was not cost effective so they are trying to pawn you off on their other med like Claritin. So probably the real truth is that due to our rules in the US, they take it off the market and try to sell the other things they make. 

    In Canada it is different and a person can still get this OTC from the pharmacist so it still makes money in that market. 

    It is really a shame that this and inhalants is something that they think they can play with while we suffer. This country and the health care and meds is screwed up.

    Its all about money.

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    Ed Hir, Community Member
    4/26/09 11:11pm

    Just went on to the Shering Plough investor web site and clicked on poducts.

    THEY DO NOT LIST DRIXORAL IN THEIR PRODUCT LIST. 

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    FritzieSue, Community Member
    4/28/09 11:18am

    Hi! THis is a quote from the manufacturers website:

    Drixoral® Cold and Allergy

    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 2009. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We can offer several alternatives in the meantime.

    Claritin® D-12
    Claritin® D-24

    We hope you will be patient with us during this period and thank you for supporting our product.

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    J, Community Member
    5/ 1/09 1:49pm

    I too am one of those people that has tried every over the counter allergy med. there is (yes I have taken shots and got sick of going to get them,...and they are very expensive if you don't have insurance anymore).  And this is the ONLY one that actually works and does what it promises--and better than most prescription meds.  AND I never got drousy taking them.  I can't believe I can't find it anywhere!  So I too researched it and found that they will be coming back after 2009.  Although I heard a different story as to why--I heard they were reworking the formula.  Which worries me.  Anyway,..I was advised by a pharmacist that an alternative that may work to replace this temporarily is Zertec-D (she specifically said get the formula with the "D").  Claritin and many others just don't do it for me.  I'm heading to Walgreens to try it,...so we will see.  Sure hope it works as I am going nuts with my allergies right now!  

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    tomsj, Community Member
    5/ 5/09 3:33am

    Of course. They're moving the site of its manufacture. That's why they've discontinued it's production for more than a year. It'll be back. Sure it will. All of these, of course, are bull*hit answers. Shearing, more likely, has killed it because it contains Pseudophedrine, which I'm able to buy at my local Kaiser location. Thank the DEA for putting this medication out of bounds. Because some guy can make Meth out of it, you can't get it to solved your sinus problems. God bless the U.S. government...again. Now can we talk again about legalizing marijuana (and abolishing the DEA)?

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    me_muse1, Community Member
    5/14/09 6:27am

    might wanna try a perscription for Tussall ER tablets which has the main ingrediant I've been missing in my allergy meds, dexbrompheniramine 6mg. If your doc will give them too you, I've found mine wants to try everything under the sun first but that.

    and a sudafed 12 hr tablet which is 120 mg of psudophedrine.

    same ingrediants just in two pills at least I'm hoping that's right.

     

    shame about drixoral my mum has taken it since it was available for perscription in the 70's and I've taken since I've been old enough to take the stuff. nothing else works but that. my alergies are grass and juniper related so if I'm doing yard work I usually can get by with chlor-trimeton before hand, but durring cotton wood season I'm s.o.l.

     

     

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    mmn, Community Member
    5/14/09 10:46am

    I just called Sherring-Plough directly.  1-908-298-4000 and talked to the information center.  They told me that drixoral will be back on the market sometime this fall.  You can leave your name and address and they will mail you a notice when it is back on the market.  I would advise everyone who needs this product for allergy conditions to call and put your name on the list.  They need to see how many people are desperate for this product.  It is the only drug that works for me.  I have tried other products and nothing works like drixoral.  I can see from this site that we are all in agreement.  They say they are moving the plant that manufactures it.  I asked if they were going to change the formula and she said no.  I told her it is like taking away the cure for cancer.  I am suffering this year and I need relief for my itchy, watery eyes.      Make your call today so they can see how many people need this product!!!! 

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    D12, Community Member
    7/ 2/09 1:40pm

    Thank you for the direct number. Just got off the phone with S-P. Production capabilities dont look great right now. The DEA's action on pseudophedrine coupled with manufaturer problems havent left a lot of hope for this year and even into next year. I suspect no other MFG wants to pick it up!

     

    Drixoral has been THE product for me for nearly 25 years.

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    Carbon, Community Member
    5/15/09 11:40am

    I just ran out of my supply of Drixoral and could not locate it.  I really hope they return to market as this is the only pill that can dry me up and have me ready the next day.

     

    I will contact the number too and asked to be notified.

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    Dr.R, Community Member
    5/20/09 11:04am

    YOU CAN GET IT IN CANADA!!!!!!!

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    DrippingNose, Community Member
    5/21/09 2:37pm

    Perhaps their 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.

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    not a happy camper, Community Member
    6/ 4/09 9:52am

    I just called and found out that they are still not manufacturing drixoral as of today. Maybe will have the product for the 3rd quarter(whatever that means) so not expecting it untill next year. I hope they come back with it, these allergies are kicking my butt. Put my name on the list and keeping my fingers crossed.

    to call 1-800-317-2165

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    barb3333, Community Member
    7/ 6/09 4:54am

    TRY ORDERING YOUR DRIXORAL OUT OF CANADA THEY DO HAVE IT I GOT MINE FROM BLUE SKY PHARMACY ON LINE. I RECIEVED IT IN ABOUT 4 DAYS AFTER ORDERING IT. IT IS THE SAME STUFF. HOPE THIS HELPS YOU. : )

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Marcy, Community Member
    7/17/09 3:54pm

    Thanks so much Barb.  I had ordered from CanadaPharmacy.com and then when I refilled it this month they sent some stuff from Turkey with no English on the package.

    Stay away from these folks.  They say it's "unavailable" in Canada.  I got some from Blue Sky.  Thanks again.

    Marcy

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    Lin, Community Member
    6/22/09 5:27pm

    I wanted to know what this prescription non specific drug my doctor prescribed, since I have severe post nasal drip, and they told me my prescription can be filled over the counter.  Well I said, check again, because I got something else last time.  Well I looked it up, and it appears to be a prescription for the same ingredients as drixoral (which I did use in the past).  for those who can get to a doctor, it is the generic, and not that bad if on a health plan or prescription plan.  The name of the medicine is:

    p-ephed-cpm sr 120-8 mg   (at CVS) under that it has pseudoephedrine HCL/chlor-MAL.  It works, hope this helps some of you.

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    Ma'al, Community Member
    9/ 1/09 2:34pm

    I just called Shering-Plough Corporation, the maker of Drixoral.  I was told they plan on having it back on the market by the end of this year.  The gentleman said they are working on getting it out the beginning of the 4th quarter (October) however it could be the end of the quarter(December).  I called (908) 595-3761 (you can check the Shering-Plough website for a local number) and was placed on the list to be notified when Drixoral is re-releaseed. Hope this makes you as happy as I am!

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    protogal, Community Member
    10/ 2/09 1:44pm

    This is the ONLY thing that has worked for me for over 20 years -- have NOT found anything else that works even REMOTELY as well.  It used to be available only by prescription.  If there are so many problems with the meth makers and behind-the-counter hassles, they could always make it by prescription only again.  I would not mind calling my doctor to have the RX filled.  Is it possible that compounding  pharmacies could make up this combo?????

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    Nana, Community Member
    12/28/09 6:37pm

    I just don't get it.  I had no problem filling out the form  for the behind the counter security.  This is honestly the only thing that works for me and my 2  college age daughters. Just re-release the darn stuff.  Ihave  sick with a cold since Christmas and now have nothing even comparable on the market.  uggg just bring it back....

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    Drixoral_Allergy_, Community Member
    10/13/09 10:42pm

    The only place I found Drixoral was trumedcanada.com. Best prices and they only ship out of Canada. I have been buying from them since last 12 months. They only sell Canadian make Drixoral. Till we have Drixoral back in USA.

     

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    old Dexbrompheniramine user, Community Member
    12/ 8/09 10:45pm

    I've been getting by using actifed since Drixoral went off the U.S. market. I take 2 for 4 hours and then take 2 for another 4 hours...and so on. This just barely gets me through each day. I still hack and spit a lot due to post nasal drip which nauseates me if I swallow and just builds up. It's a good thing I work outdoors. The only things that I didn't like about Drixoral were they caused dry nose and mouth and sometimes the nervous jitters during the day. But the best thing ever for allergies and sinus pressure(headaches) is Drixoral. I've  just ordered Drixoral(100 count) from trumedcanada.com for the first time. I hope it's not a scam or just some sugar pills. Anyhow, it's getting harder to find actifed too. The only place I still get it is from this Walmart by my job. The two other Walmarts near my home don't carry it anymore. My plan is to continue using the actifed on a daily basis and use the Drixoral when I really need them like maybe twice a week. Hopefully this will offset some of the Drixoral side effects(from every day use). 

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    evan1138, Community Member
    12/ 9/09 3:14pm

    We've been getting Drixoral from TruMedCanada.com for almost a year, I've checked their credentials and also very carefully checked the packaging and printing for any tiny sloppiness which would raise questions for us. It all looks good and my wife says it works just like the old US version.

     

    ON THE OTHER HAND, CanadaPharmacy.com is dishonest, in our experience. They claim to sell Drixoral brand but then ship you the Turkish-labeled product, white ovoids and same ingredients claimed, but my wife tried this formulation and said it wired her and wouldn't take it. Not exactly a scientific test, but I can tell you CanadaPharmacy.com is NOT on our trusted store list.

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    D. Ferris, Community Member
    12/11/09 3:21pm

    I don't think Schering-Plough is aware of the number of people that depend on Drixoral.  Frankly, there is no comparable drug or replacement.  I have used Drixoral since I was 12 years old and am now in my fifties via prescription first and then OTC.  I take one at bedtime and it sees me through a 24-hour period without dehydrating nasal membranes.  Schering-Plough never marketed Drixoral the way they have other drugs or the way other drug companies have aggressively marketed similar allergy medications in print and electronic media, therefore, Drixoral is not a big seller for them.  I believe it would be a huge seller for them if they did.  Everyone I have ever recommended it to has thanked to me and switched to it wholeheartedly from other medications such as Sudafed and Benadryl, etc., so please let Schering Plough know what an important drug it is by calling them at 1-800-317-2165 today!

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    DrKnow, Community Member
    12/25/09 8:49pm

    Well it's been a year now since my last post. I took Sheering-Ploughs' advice and tried their new medicines for my Rhinitis. The Claritin D caused vivid and wild dreams and I awoke many times a night. Other nights I awoke around 1 am and could not get back to sleep...nice.

     

    I ordered a six month supply from Canadian pharmacy online. Got the Turkish pills which are white and slightly larger. They also did not seem to work as well but I could not decipher any of the documentation that came with them to verify the ingredients...nice.

     

    The manufacturer does know exactly how much money they make from this product...only about a million dollars a year. So it seems that the development costs for their other products need to be recouperated. Drixoral is a good product but no longer a cash-cow...nice.

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    Autumn, Community Member
    1/ 9/10 7:44pm

    I too, have relied on Drixoral since my teen years when my allergies really got out of control. I'm now 26, and nothing works like Drixoral did. I was told in 2008 that the plant was being moved, etc etc. I have tried so many substitutes, to no avail.

     

    The closest I have come to an OTC solution is Zyrtec-D, which is cetiririzine & pseudophedrine. I have to get it behind the counter, show ID, and sign a log book...thanks, DEA. Your drug war is useless, as teens and druggies alike will find ways to get high with or without Drixoral, I promise.

     

    I want my good ol' Drixoral back, and plan on calling Schering to get on the mailing list. Oh, and for the record, they need to quit recommending Claritin. IT DOES NOT WORK. Even Claritin-D, with the psuedophedrine in it is NOT as good. Schering reps are rec'ing the Claritin because it is a Merck product and they are owned by Merck. In other words, they just want our money. Go with the Zyrtec-D, it's not Drixoral, but it is close. 12hr and 24hr versions are available.

     

     

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    Blue Cupcake, Community Member
    1/27/10 5:53pm

    Respect for those of you (True Allergy Sufferers) who claim that Drixoral is the only tablet that takes your worse allergy symptoms away!!  When I got allergies as an adult.....I tried everything out there.  I tried all of the OTC meds and even the expensive brand names that my doctors prescribed and noting ever worked for me.  Clartin D sucks, Zyrtec sucks, flonase sucks, everything was crap!!  Until one day I bought a box of Drixoral from my local Wal Mart....my life changed!! Not only was it cheap....but it freaking worked!! Sure it knocked me out but, at least I was ready to function after a few hours and go on about my life. I spend so much money on doctors, shots, and expensive brand meds that only showed crappy results!!  I believe there are allergy sufferers who have mild symptoms and clartin could make them feel better.....but there are also HARDCORE Allergy Sufferers like US...who need something stronger.  And I'm very upset that they pulled Drixoral off the shelf!!  Now, I believe there are many reasons why they pulled it the shelfs...here's my theory at least.

     

    1) Teens melting it to get high and drug dealers using it for meth.  Due to the main ingredient...pseudoephedrine.

    2) Manufacturing conspiracy....I mean, think about it, since drug companies have so much competition on the products they market......since Drixoral works....wouldnt you agree that maybe XYZ company paid off the maker of Drixoral???  I mean, come on, all of a sudden you have this tablet (Drixoral) that is works 100% .....I'm sure drug companies saw there profits go down or saw a potential future threat to their own allergy products??  We all know that the health care industry in America is just pure business.  Doctors who prescribe these medications get paid by these drug companies...so therefore....the doctor wins, the drug companies wins, but the consumer (US) loses!  I dont buy the bullshit story of the plant relocating and bringing it back on the market at a later time!!  Drixoral works and why take it off the market if it sells and works??  Somebody paid off somebody else!! trust me!!  Might as well take alcohol off the shelves too.....people die from drunk driving almost every day??? But taking a allergy tablet off the shelf because it's formula is dangerous.....go figure??

     

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    janannk, Community Member
    3/31/10 11:27pm

    Just a couple of comments:

    I've was first introduced to Drixoral in the mid-70's, shortly after it went OTC, and have used it ever since.  Nothing made me happier than being able to by 100 count bottles for next to nothing.  Nothing else does work!!  It stopped making me sleepy many years ago...that side effect does go away.

     

    Don't blame "teens" for this problem.  They may be partially responsible for stealing it from stores (why pseudoephedrine is behind the counter) but it is adults who are making the meth.

     

    For a while generic versions of Drixoral were available under the Walgreens brand, and others too, at a much cheaper price.  Then one day the generics disappeared from the shelves.

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    BruceInCola, Community Member
    8/10/10 2:22pm

    Manufacturing conspiracy?  Are you serious?  So a COMPETITOR of Schering Plough PAID them to stop making Drixoral because it worked so well compared to their brand? 

     

    Do you have any idea how business works?  That makes no damn sense whatsoever.  1.  Schering Plough, and ALL companies, want to make as much money as they can...that is their REASON for being, so just get over that part.  2.  Any company would LOVE to have a product that dominates the market, and would be insane to stop making it if that were actually the case.   They would also love to put their competitors out of business, and so would have NO INTEREST in stopping something IF it was as successful as you are assuming. 

     

    And that is the problem with so many posts here I think.  Because this product works for US so well, and nothing else works, we assume that it's the best and that is the same for everybody?  Not even close.  There are plenty of cheaper, safer allergy meds, with fewer side effects, on the market that BLOW AWAY Drixoral sales - Zyrtec for one, Claritin for another.   

     

    Bottom line:  you were right on one point (only), and that is that money is at the bottom of this little problem, but not for the reason you think.  Drixoral was simply not making enough to justify continuing production, especially with newer meds on the market that work for the MAJORITY of allergy sufferers.

     

    We just happen to be among the unluckies that only respond favorably to this particular ingredient, but that is certainly not the case for most people.

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    Blue Cupcake, Community Member
    1/27/10 7:05pm

    And finally,  its a shame that the one and only medicine that works if taken off the market and instead....they tell us to buy their other products that dont work......it's all greed ladies and gentleman.....its all about the benjamins!! They really dont care about what works...they just care about the profits!!  Doctors saying "try this" or try that" .....half of the time the doctors are prescribing medication that only work half of its potential or prescibing medications that dont even work at all!!

     

    So, I guess the next time we wake up feeling like shit.....we are all just going to suffer againFrown......Thanks for taking our Drixoral away!!!

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    Custom, Community Member
    2/ 5/10 1:17am

    I have been taking Drixoral for at least 10 years. I started getting them from Canada when I could not find it in the States. The green pills are different than the original green ones. The name is not on them, but more importantly, they do not, DO NOT work the same as thee originals. My son found a package in my old coat from two years ago, WOW, and i took one today, WOW, what a difference. Even though i took two of the Canada pills two days in a row, two days prior, this Original one, with the name on it, works like nothing else i have ever taken. Canada Drixoral are a scam. They are not the same thing folks, i don't know where to go from here, but i will be enjoying these last ones sparingly.

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    Custom, Community Member
    2/ 8/10 11:49pm

    There is some kind of cover up taking place.  I have recently found some of the original Drixoral in an old coat and they work like nothing else I've ever tried. The "NEW" ones that Canada has put on the market do nothing like the Originals. As different as night and day. And also, Why are they saying the "Originals" would be available near the end of 2009 and they weren't. Why lie about the product your selling, and the time it's going to be returned to the market? If i was trying to string someone along, i would work a long, prolonged "procedure" and hopefully people would lose interest and be less of a problem after couple years. Not very original.  There's some type of cover up, and more will be re veiled....

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    bring back drixoral, Community Member
    2/10/10 1:58am

    Drixoral is very much available in Canada and I bought it in janaury 2010 to kill my cold & Allergy.

    Check out :

    Buy Drixoral

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    Custom, Community Member
    2/16/10 2:48pm

    Canadian Drixoral is nothing like the Originals. They don't work. They don't have the writing on them either, that's one way to tell your taking something that is not what you thought it was.

     I spoke with the makers of the originals and they said they are not in any way part of the Canadian version, in fact they seemed surprised about that name being sold elsewhere. They took down some information, looked it up on the web and passed the info along to there supervisors.

     

    Once again,...........DRIXORAL FROM CANADA DOES NOT CARRY THE SAME INGREDIENTS.

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    Custom, Community Member
    2/16/10 2:50pm

    Canadian Drixoral is nothing like the Originals. They don't work. They don't have the writing on them either, that's one way to tell your taking something that is not what you thought it was.

     I spoke with the makers of the originals and they said they are not in any way part of the Canadian version, in fact they seemed surprised about that name being sold elsewhere. They took down some information, looked it up on the web and passed the info along to there supervisors.

     

    Once again,...........DRIXORAL FROM CANADA DOES NOT CARRY THE SAME INGREDIENTS.

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    janannk, Community Member
    3/31/10 11:18pm

    I have been ordering from Canadian Pharmacies for over a year.  Only using one now.  The ingredients listed on the box are the same as the product sold in USA.  The manufacturer listed on the box is the same.  The color of the tablet is white.  Seems to work just fine for me although at a much higher price!  As more people started ordering from Canada the price went up.  It does originate in a foreign country other than Canada so the language on the box is not English.

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    Custom, Community Member
    4/13/10 12:27am

    Then how come the American makers of Drixoral say they know nothing about the products being sold in Canada. I bought the white tablets and after i found out they didnt work i sent them back. The same day my debit card was credited, i started getting fruadulent charges made on it as well, to the tune of $400+ . About 8 different charges. I dont care what the box says, what the pill looks like, or what people are still trying to pass off as the real Drixoral. Theres a cover-up going on, and scams all along the way. Drixoral from other countries are not being acknowleged by the US makers.

    What does that tell you? Canadian Drixoral is not anything like the U S Drixoral

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    Lucy, Community Member
    2/16/10 9:31pm

    It's a relief to me that I am not the only person suffering from the discontinuation of Drixoral.    I've used the drug for years after suffering from severe allergy infections as the result of nasal drip that just would not disapate.  After visiting tons of specialist, one sugguested that I try O.C. Drixoral and my life changed forever, that was over 25 years ago.   Since then, I've always taken Drixoral at the first sign of seaonsal allergy symptoms and it has never failed me.    My teenage daughter suffers from the same symptoms and Drixoral has always worked well for her.  Since it's discontinuation, I've spent so much money visiting the doctor, missing work and my daughter missing school because we've been unable to get the same relief with other over the counter medications.   After this last trip to the family doctor a few days ago, I went on line and ordered a box from Canada.   Can't wait to see how it works.

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    M. casto, Community Member
    2/25/10 1:50pm

    I am really not sure what happened with the Drixoral product.

     

    BUT today I found, purely by accident, another 12 hr  med that has 1 of the 2 active ingredients in it.  It is Mucinex-D.  Whallah !!  I was desperate -- experiencing  a terrible sinus problem at this time.   The active ingredients in Drixoral are:  Pseudoephrine 120 mg and debromphanamine 6 mg.  The active ingredients in Mucinex D are pseudoephedrine 120 mg and guaiffensin 1200 mg.  It is certainly worth a try. 

     

    Every time I asked a pharmacist if there was something similar to Drixoral on the market they said NO.

     

    Every time I asked when will it be back -  Don't know.

     

    I am going to buy some Mucinex on my way home and try it --Lord I  hope it works.

     

    If it does, they can take their Drixoral and shove it.  Nobody should have to be as miserable as I have been when there is a product on the martket than can fix it.

    Shame on whoever is at fault.

     

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    Sobe, Community Member
    3/13/10 10:50am
    Did it work???? Reply
    janannk, Community Member
    3/31/10 11:07pm

    Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant, may be available any formulation that has a D after it as in Claritin-D.  Some products are now using a less effective decongestant, phenylephrine, so read the label.  Guaifenisin is an expectorant.  It help bring up phlegm from the airways.  Mucinex-D does not have an antihistamine which is what you need if you have allergies.  Mucinex-D might be helpful for a cold.

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    BruceInCola, Community Member
    8/10/10 2:33pm

    Pseudoephedrine is the least important part of Drixoral, as that is still readily available, even with the clampdown because of the meth heads.  In fact I just bought a huge bottle of 30, 12 hour tabs of pseudophedrine not too long ago for next to nothing (NOT to be confused with its less effective cousin phenylephrine)

     

    The ingredient that made Drixoral special and unique and effective is the dexbrompheniramine maleate, which is impossible to find.  BROMPHENIRAMINE IS possible to find, and even OTC, if you don't mind taking grape flavored kids' syrup (many Dimetapp formulations use bromphenirame) every 4 hours.    You could also spring for a prescription of LODRANE D, which lasts for 24 hours, and for me personally offers 95% of the same effectiveness that Drixoral did.

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    nick, Community Member
    10/27/10 7:56am

    my understanding is that wal-mart sells a 4 hour pill with the  key ingredient...  someone check on this for me... I'm out of the country and hoarding my last pill!

     

    if this is tru, i would rather have a four hour pill available, and maybe we didn;t even need the drying agent in the first place... let's get some feedback and see...

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    Lula, Community Member
    3/13/10 1:12pm

    I tried Drixoral in 1994 on the recommendation of a friend and had a very extreme emotional reaction to it the one time I tried it. Perhaps that has something to do with it's unavailability. I think it was actually Drixoral PM. <shudder>

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    Mykl1, Community Member
    3/19/10 3:43pm

    Called Merck today - Still could not tell me when drixoral will be for sale in U.S.  Anybody know a Merck exec? - Please have them read this web site - We NEED Drixoral

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    RobinA, Community Member
    3/20/10 12:09am

    I have to agree with everyone here about the efficacy of Drixoral. I have used it since I was a teenager (I'm 51) and nothing has worked as well since.  My health providers are always trying to shove nasal sprays at me, which I HATE! They also don't work.  I have even tried shots and they don't work! I Pray that they bring it back.  My best solution is to use two different products to get as close to the Drixoral as possible.  It is not perfect, but the best I can do for now.  In the meantime I am miserable with Spring here again.

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    raygun, Community Member
    3/31/10 9:04am

    I had used Drixoral since it hit the market.  It was my otc medication of choice for many years.  I use to buy it a bottle of 100 at a time.  Never had a problem with side effects, even when taking two at a time during peak allergy season (especially for cotton wood trees).  Since it hasn't been locally available, my life has been miserable.  For whatever reason, someone, somehow needs to correct the situation.  Regards, George Reagan, Fort Worth, Texas.

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    Raven, Community Member
    4/ 1/10 4:28pm

    Drixoral medicine is used to treat symptoms associated with colds and allergies such as itchy and watery eyes, nasal and sinus congestion, runny nose and sneezing. Drixoral discontinued in the US is still available in Canada. Drixoral Canada can be procured from online pharmacy.

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    Custom, Community Member
    4/27/10 1:23am

    NOT TRUE.  People are suffering from an illness and there's people advertising a product that is not going to help them. THE CANANDA DRIXORAL IS DOES NOT WORK ANYTHING LIKE THE ORIGIANL.

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    aliceany, Community Member
    10/ 3/10 9:30pm

    I am a pharmacist.  The active ingredients in the canadian version are EXACTLY the same as the us manufactured product.  Absolutely NO difference in the chemical formula!!!!!!

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    Custom, Community Member
    1/ 7/11 10:59am

    Aliceany, Nice of you to crime in. The pills from Canada do not work like the Originals. I have taken them both. My son found some of the Originals in an old coat pocket of mine and they are Nothing like whats being sold in Canada. Sorry, but your wrong, and your probly not an allergy sufferer either or a pharmacist. If you were either you might know what your talking about Side Line Sally. I wish I could say it's always nice to hear from a little "Mouth of the South" sometimes, thanks for nothing.

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    sniffling, Community Member
    4/14/10 1:25pm

    Thanks for the phone number for Schering Plough, 800-317-2165.  I called them today, 4-14-2010, and asked about Drixoral.  I was told they still hadn't made a decision about the factory, there would be none produced before the end of 2010.  I asked the rep to let the higher-ups know that I had tried their other products, they had NO effect, and I would not be buying ANY Schering Plough products in the future i protest. 

     

    I wonder if the rep realized I meant ANY Schering Plough products - not just allergy medications?  I recommend you call too.  50 or 60 calls might just convince them that they either need to produce it, or come clean about the real reason they've pulled them from the US market. 

     

    I suspect it has to do with patent timelines and profit margins, but whatever the case, I need brompheniramine instead of chlorpheniramine, and will be suffering until that is available somewhere.

     

    Good luck to the rest of you too!

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    Whitney, Community Member
    4/16/10 11:51am

    I just got off the phone. Thanks to previous people who provided the phone number to call the manufacturer. I got the story about the plant still being moved and that they're on the FDA's timeline for approval of the facility. I told him my main reason for calling was just to let him know I'm yet another customer who really misses Drixoral and really want to see it put back on the market. I told him I hadn't been able to find anything else that works as well, including Claritin. I encourage everyone else who want to see it on the shelves again to also call. The more they hear from people the more they'll feel it's in their financial interests to make it again.

     

    Thankfully I don't have significant allergies, I've always used Drixoral for colds. But as so many here said, nothing else works as well! I've been using it ever since a pharmacist recommended it to me in my early 20's, over 20 years ago. Now here I am suffering through yet another cold with blocked nasal passages and that cotton head feeling without my beloved Drixoral.

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    allergyoh, Community Member
    4/16/10 3:12pm

    I echo the sentiments of everyone else on the site in that we need Drixoral back on the market. Years back when the pharmacists made you sign for it I asked why and they told me it was due to cutting down on crystal meth production.

     

    Per talking with Hal at Schering Plough today (4/16) Drixoral is not coming back in 2010 and he was unsure if it was going to be coming out in 2011. The reason for the long delay is that they have moved their manufacturing facility and do not have a site picked out. Now, once they do have a site it is pending FDA approval so that can drag things out. Also, since it has the pseudophedrine sulfate in it they can only produce so much, stores can only carry so much, etc. 


    The best thing I can say is to hang in there and do whatever works for you and pray that Drixoral gets back on the market sooner than later.

     

    Suffering in NE OH

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    snuffy_in_co, Community Member
    5/20/10 4:18pm

    I ordered some Drixoral a couple months ago from www.well.ca and received the same pills I used to purchase at Costco (like green M&Ms).  I then tried to order some more a couple weeks ago and they rejected my order because I live in the states.  My wife then ordered (5) 10 pill packages of "Drixoral" from www.canadamedicineshop.com for $45+$9.99SH.  The pills arrived and were labeled Disophrol (white pills similar in size and shape to Drixoral).  The package included a detailed explanation that Drixoral and Disophrol are exactly the same.  They both contain 6mg of Dexbrompheniramine and 120 mg of Pseudoephedrine.  I've only used 2 of the pills so far when my allergy was flaring up.  It worked and I didn't have the negative effects I get when other drugs.  Just my 2 cents that might help someone else.

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    Custom, Community Member
    6/20/10 12:23pm

    Theres people here that are suffering. Quit trying to sell a bunch of lies to them. Seriously, what your saying is not true. Canadian drixoral is not the same as the origanal ya blood suckers.

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    Jackie, Community Member
    3/ 4/11 2:50pm

    I have been using the white disophrol tablets for several months now.  They are the same a Drixoral, just a different color.  They are also cheaper.  I get 60 of the for $29.99, including shipping, from northwestpharmacy.com. 

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    Custom, Community Member
    4/14/11 5:05pm

    Jackie---Great sales pitch, but the Truth is your Lying. I have tried them. They are not the same thing. I returned them to northwestpharmacy, and started recieving fraudulent charges on my account the same day, totaling over 400$ with in 10 days. There was an investigation, you probly had to reappear under a new alias to keep getting new bank account info from desperate people searching for relief that will believe anything. Like I said , your so full of it the flies are looking for. You couldn't pour piss out of a boot if the directions were on the heel.

     

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    breadbox, Community Member
    5/21/10 12:02am

    I originally discovered Drixoral while scuba diving in Mexico.  The national name for it was Afrinex.  I stretched out my 2 boxes for about 3 years until I learned that Drixoral was the exact same product in the US, produced by the same MFR.

     

    Don't know if they've nerfed the version down south but thought I'd throw it out as food-for-thought.

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    BruceInCola, Community Member
    8/10/10 2:46pm

     noted this above, but many people are complaining about two different things here - the NASAL DECONGESTANT part of Drixoral is an extremely common ingredient and can still be purchased (albeit with some hassle since the new laws went into effect).  I can assure you that is not what was great about Drixoral as that ingredient is and was in tons of other allergy and cold meds.

     

    The thing that makes Drixoral special is the dexbrompheniramine maleate component, which today is only found in children's formulations (and not all of those) of Dimetapp liquid (and only lasts for 4 hours at a time)  So that is out unless you want to slurp gallons of purple Koolaid (I actually think it tastes good, but irrelevant).  Not really a valid option if you need something constantly (i.e. every day) like I do.

     

    What I found to work 95% as well as Drixoral is Lodrane D, prescription only, and about $1/pill.  You can take one or two per 24 hours, depending on how bad your symptoms are.

     

    I believe they have a 12 hour formulation as well, and formulations without the "D" (pseudophedrine) component if you don't need the nasal decongestant (which you can buy anywhere as generic)

     

    Just wish there was a generic for Lodrane to reduce cost.

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    spikemichael, Community Member
    9/14/10 12:41am

    Every medicine Schering Ploug made with DEXBROMPHENIRAMINE in it is lested as "discontinued" at the FDA web site except Drixoral; which was approved for new formulation, packaging and manufacture back in 2005. None of us need the PSEUDOEPHEDRINE we need the dexbrompheniramine. The original problem was the PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE which they foisted the PSEUDOEPHEDRINE on us as a replacement. i remember crying about that, but who to cry to? Now they are taking the PSEUDOEPHEDRINE away because someone might use it to make illegal drugs. now they are forcing us to use PHENYLEPHRINE... step down step down step down... just drink more water and your allergies will go away... I don't want the crap I want my DEXBROMPHENIRAMINE!

    <BR>

    My allegist used to call it "My secret weapon." When a combination of the things in my "war chest" couldn't do it, I took... one Drixoral. At any given time I have in my medicine chest : CPM (Chlorotrematon) Dimetapp (kids, I drink the stuff to get relief) CLEMASTINE FUMARATE (Tavist) Loratidine (Claritin) Doxylamine (NyQuil) CETIRIZINE (Zyrtec) DIPHENHYDRAMINE (Benaddryl) Pheniramine Maleate (Thera-Flu) Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) ketotifen (OTC eyedrops for itchy eyes) ranitidine (Zantac B-2 inhibitor for itches) famotidine (Pepcid a B-2 Blocker also used for itches if Benadryl doesn't block it) cimetidine (Tagamet, but it has a lot of drug interactions, also a B-2 blocker) i'd give them all up (except benadryl which I keep on hand for Anaphylaxis along with my Epi-Pen ) for a ready supply of Drixoral.

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    buydrixoralnow, Community Member
    10/19/10 11:58am

    Hi all,
    I have seen Drixoral being discussed since 2008 here on healthcentral. I tried to move away from drixoral but it has been hard. Can someone guide me if drixoral from www.trumedcanada.com is a good one. It is going to be my first time from them seem to be a good company. Looking to try some of these pills from across the border. cheers!

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    nick, Community Member
    10/27/10 8:05am

    dexbrompheniramine is available at walmart in 4 hour formulation...

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    nick, Community Member
    10/27/10 8:10am

    the manufacturer of DRIXORAL, Shering Plough (sp?)has been holding the product off the market for over 2 years.  All lies and bull from them has people buying half measures and fake drugs from Canada.  Latest news is that wal mart is selling the active ingredient in a four hour formulation.  FInd the exact name in this current discussion...

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    BruceInCola, Community Member
    10/27/10 12:44pm

    Or just buy bromphenarimine in a 12 hour generic forumlation with the "D" (the real pseudophedrine stuff) for next to nothing ($8 for 30 pills I think?).  All it takes is a script from a doctor.  Works as well as or better than Drixoral for me, and maybe better if I consider drowsiness factor.

     

    Heck of a lot cheaper than Drixoral, too. 

     

    Who wants to take something every 4 hours? (unless you just have very occasional symptoms).

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    Ruff, Community Member
    12/20/10 5:57pm

    A generic form of Drixoral is (or was) available through Baker Norton Pharmaceuticals.  It is called Dexophed.  I don't know if they still make it but it's worth a try.  Nothing works as well... period.

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    Steve, Community Member
    1/22/11 11:14am

    I am in the same situation as all of you. In Texas my allergies are very bad.

    I ran across a nasal spray that gives temporary relief (4 hours). It is 4 WAY Nasal Spray. (4wayspray.com).

     

    After mowing the lawn I use a nose bedet and Claritin before mowing. That seems to clear up seasonal allergies after mowing.

     

    Hope this helps !

     

    Steve - Ft Worth TX

     

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    steve, Community Member
    2/21/11 1:27pm

    I recieved a letter from Merck,the merger partner of Schering-Plough which makes Drixoral, dated Feb. 11, 2011. It stated "Despite our efforts to locate a vendor to manufacture this product for us, our efforts have been unsuccessful. Therefore, we regret to inform you that Drixoral will not be returning the market."

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    Jim, Community Member
    10/31/12 10:40am

    I bought Drixoral through Canada, manufactured in Germany by Schering-Plough.  Every thing printed was in German.  Seemed to work just as did the original Drixoral.

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    ajvenom, Community Member
    4/19/11 6:30pm

    My wife has athsma triggered by allergies, which only Drixoral and the generic form worked the best.  Zertec-has helped, but not as well.  I think the meth heads killed the sales, because drixoral didn't have a (non signature/ID) form without Sudafed and pill manufacture care only about money sometimes.

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    Miss M, Community Member
    11/21/11 6:03pm

    I just got off the phone with Merck. The man I spoke with told me that Drixoral is now permanently discontinued in the United States, because they were unable to find a company to make it. They were trying to get someone else to make it ("moving our manufacturing facilities", "waiting for FDA approval"), but no one would, due to onerous manufacturing constraints. They would be able to manufacture and sell only a very limited amount, and it would, as a result, be rather unprofitable -- and they do need to make a profit, just like any business. They have finally given up. In other words, the government has so tightly regulated the pseudoephedrine sulfate part, that it isn't worth it for the companies that might make it to actually try to do so. I asked about releasing it back as a prescription, and he told me that very similar constraints would apply. So, as usual, the blame lies with our government. Drixoral isn't coming back. I don't know whether I will try one of these Canadian options now that I know that. Dimetapp helps sometimes, Chlor-Trimeton helps sometimes. Drixoral works.

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    cas0414, Community Member
    1/24/12 4:49pm

    Its the same reason that I can no longer get the prescriptions that help with these issues !

     

    For close to 60+ years now I have battled these issues ~ drug companys purchasing one another and the customer gets left out in the rain !

     

    I have changed so many things over the years and keep getting marginally better ?!

     

    I now am forced to use and a combination of a silver solution " Sovereign Silver" spray, Neosporin triple antibiodic & q~tips,as far up the Nasal passage as possible,at least 2x a day, along with antifungals (like for athlets foot).

     

    The silver spray is what has really turned the corner for me ~ but its all in the combination, otherwise any individually have little benefit, with symptoms over whelming anything indiviually ?!

     

    My Dr's of whom there are many couldn't get arround any of this and say its not really recommended for up the nose ~ but when a person can't breath or smell very little of anything ~ surely makes life more of a challenage !

     

    Oh yes its helped with the ADD & along with the nose strips !

     

    But none of this even begins to address the itchness of the rest of the body and lack of really effective prescriptions we used to be able to get ~ give it a try and once a person can get used to massaging the nasal cavities with the Q~Tips was a little difficult at first, but I got over it pretty quickly ~ but then its been so many years!!!

     

    Long time sufferer CAS

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    Wilf, Community Member
    2/ 1/12 2:50am

    It was first prescribed for me in 

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    CaptKirkDog, Community Member
    2/ 2/12 12:46pm

    Called Merck today and they said that they are not bringing it back at all.

    02/02/2012

    Holy S^&*

     

    WTF

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    o0tdaigle0o, Community Member
    3/ 4/12 11:15am

    I have been using Drixoral for years and like most people who use it know that it is the only drug that I have found that works for my allergies. I have had a long history of asthma and allergies, as a kid I spent may nights in the hospital suffering from attacks. Drixoral is one of the only allergy medications that I have ever tried that worked and believe me I have tried them all. Like most comments on this thread I have found that all the "new generation" meds are useless and do nothing to relieve my suffering, so far no medication my doctor has offered has compared to Drixoral. About 2 years ago when it started disapearing from store sheleves in the US I was forced to buy it from Canada, now it seems as though it may not be avialable there anymore either. Just the other day I tried to get an order and alll I could find was 20 pills for $99.99 US!!! If Merc is not making this drug anynmore I am essentially screwed.

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    O. Reynolds, Community Member
    2/ 6/12 8:06pm

    It was in the summer of 1975, I was working for a local utility company in Michigan where I was exposed to a substance called "creasol" (I believe that is the correct spelling) used for treatment of the wooden poles which preserved them from the elements and vermin that would eat the wood. I developed a serious allergy as a result of being exposed to this chemical. My sinuses were so congested at times, I could hardly breath and literally milked my sinus cavity as one would milk a cow. I went to an Allergist, who prescribed to me "DRIXORAL". At that time it was only obtained by prescription. But low and behold, by the grace of God it became and OTC drug. I was in seventh heaven; whenever my sinus's became afflicted - Drixoral to the rescue! I would take it a couple of times and it would dry up my sinuses for several weeks. Whenever I would have little minor bouts of congestion, I discovered another wonder drug "DRISTAN NASAL SPRAY 12 HOUR", a couple of squirts into each nasal passage and I was good to go. Well one day I had a serious bout of sinus congestion and post-nasal drip. I ran to the drug store to get a box of Drixoral. I couldn't find it on the shelf. I asked the Pharmacist and he told me that it was taken off the market. WHAT?!!!! WHY?!!! WHEN?!!! WHO?!!! I couldn't believe it. Then he told me that he could offer something comparable to it. Let me tell you, there is nothing comparable to DRIXORAL (the original green tablet)! Nothing! If Canada is now marketing something of a generic type forget it and don't waste your money or time ordering. Until they bring this product back on the market - real sinusitis sufferers will just have to suffer. Thank God that I guess I used Drixoral so much that my system developed it's on supply and I don't need it anymore. My DRISTAN 12 hour is sufficient. I WILL PRAY THAT THE LORD WILL ALLOW THIS DRUG BACK ON THE MARKET AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

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    Imissdrixoral, Community Member
    9/21/12 1:42pm

    Another year- another head cold.....without Drixoral, oh how I miss thee!!!!

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    Imissdrixoral, Community Member
    9/21/12 1:42pm

    Another year- another head cold.....without Drixoral, oh how I miss thee!!!!

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