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Lanny Burgess Says:
 
I always found Actifed to be the only cold medecine that worked for me. Now I cant find it at any of my local drug stores even behind the counter. Is it still available? Even the pharmacist I talked to thought it was on the shelf and then realized they quit carrying it.

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CJ Says:
 
I think Actifed (and it's knock-offs) were quietly deemed illegal as they're used to make meth, so we sinus sufferers are scrood!

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Jayne Says:
 
I am in Western Canada. I am not certain if you can just get the Actifed on prescription because I was given Co-Actifed, but as I say, they were 40 dollars for 28 tabs.

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Ashleyyxo Says:
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Oh good I'm glad it's not a scam ! Now I'm excited for my actifed to arrive hahaa! I would love to go to London and load up lol but for now I'll just have to suck it up I've never seen anyone have as bad allergies as myself so I'm willing to pay for relief at this point lol! I'm allergic to grass so that ranges from beginning of May until mid July so I've got about a month of hardcore suffering left but when I take Actifed I have 0 symptoms it's a miracle !! Thanks to everyone for the help on here!!!!!

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Bruce Says:
 
Ashley: See my post #38. Your mail order from the UK will work...but the cost per pill is outrageous. Also, you will be bombarded with advertizing for all sorts of additional products until you succeed in unsubscribing. Ever considered flying to London and loading up (one box at a time)? It would not be much more expensive...:-)

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Ashleyyxo Says:
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Jayne are you in canada or the states? I may need to go get a prescription for the ACTIFED if possible. I just ordered some off the internet from the uk... I read people had luck with that. Hopefully it's not a scam haha! We'll see what happens only 12 pills and could only order one package! GRR!

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Jayne Says:
 
Thanks Bruce (#82) and Ashleyyxo (#83) for the great info. My main problem was a hacking, constant dry cough, probably caused by post nasal drip from allergies. I do use a nasal spray (prescribed) which didn't help with the cough. The Dr. gave me Co-Actifed which is Actifed but also has Codiene in it. They are still available by prescription but at 40.00 for 28 tabs I couldn;t afford them (especially as I sometimes need 4 a day.) The doctor prescribed Tylenol 2 (or I could have had Tylenol 3) which has the Codiene in it and is covered by Pharmacare. Codiene suppresses my cough, so problem solved. I have very little sneezing, or other allergy symptoms (thankfully.)

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Ashleyyxo Says:
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They took actifed off the market in 2010 I suffer terribly from allergies like can't even function and literally only actifed worked for me I've called actifed canada and actifed USA both saying discontinued in 2010.... I've bought about 14 different combinations this year and just had a pharmacist do research and found two separate medications with the same ingredients as actifed ( they don't work as well for me but Ido get some relief) 1. You need an antihistamine - he gave me CHLOR-TRIPLON 2. You need a decongestant - he have me a behind the counter -EXTRA STRENGTH PSEUDOEPHEDRINE HYDROCHLORIDE...... I am completely frustrated with my own dilemma so I'm hoping I have helped you!

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Bruce Says:
 
The Shoppers Drug Mart "Life" brand and the Loblaws "Exact" brand have the same formulation: pseudoephedrine hydrocloride, acetaminophen, and doxylamine succinate. Not exactly Actifed but close and with (for us) similar if not exactly the same efficacy. Interestingly, it is marketed (and this is the exact title...there is no other name) as "Sinus Medication Nighttime Relief, Extra Strength". Note: no reference to allergy...and contains acetaminophen. There is a daytime formulation (which I don't have at the moment) that is called something like "Cold and Sinus Daytime Relief" where, I suspect, the doxylamine succinate is replaced with something that will not make you drowsy (not a concern with the night time version). No guarantees but it might work for some people as it has for us...and as a generic medicine the price is reasonable (although they are not giving it away).

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Jayne Says:
 
This is awesome news Bruce (#75) that this product can now be found in Canada. Can you please share the generic, or brand names I should look for.

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Jayne Says:
 
This is awesome news. Can you please share the generic, or brand names I should look for.

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Amanda Says:
 
I've been using RXPalace out of Florida for several months now as a reoccurring order. (See my earlier post for details.) Ironically, I continue to find the WalAct at Walgreens periodically. So, I would recommend that you log a request for WalAct on-line for your store. They got it in shortly after I requested it although it might have been happenstance on the timing.

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Brad Says:
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Walgreen's website says Wal-act is no longer available. Any other suggestions for those of us in the US without the means of shopping in Italy for our meds? (although it is tempting)

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bruce Says:
 
Actifed (or "Multi-action Actifed") is available in the UK...and in Italy you report. I think we can conclude that it is available generally in the EU.

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pat Says:
 
so, is Actifed permanently discontinued? WHY??? I bought some in Italy just a few months ago.



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bruce Says:
 
All of a sudden (in the New Year) various formulations that include pseudoephedrine hydrochloride have shown up in branded and generic forms in Canadian pharmacies. The formulations differ (a night time version - i.e., drowsy - and day time versions) but they very closely resemble the old Actifed formulation. Not as strong: the recommended dose is double that of Actifed. And not long acting: 4-6 hours, not the 12 or 24 hours that alternatives offer. But given 4 hours that work as opposed to 12 hours that don't, it's a no-brainer.

The mystery is why the pseudoephedrine formulations that ordinary mortals like us take in moderation got mixed up with the industrial volumes of pseudoephedrine used as a precursor for uglier street drugs. Another mystery is why these formulations are now showing up after an absence of years. No matter. They seem to be back. Perhaps not quite the same but close enough to be happy about.

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mhughes57 Says:
 
Count me in as one who swore by Actifed! It was the only thing that EVER worked when I would have my sinus attacks! After several years of trying everything else and today being in the middle of one of my attacks, I googled Actifed and found this site & message board!!! Yea!!!! I just went today not even an hour ago to my local Walgreens in Monroe, La. and they did have the Wal-Act...48 tablets for $9.99. I had to purchase from the pharmacy and could only buy one box and show my license! I would have gladly pulled my top over my head like they do in the Mardi Gras parades down here trying to get beads, just to get a box of the stuff! I'll report back tomorrow with my results!

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Tina Says:
 
Speaking of Actifed - my husband's favorite allergy med, what ever happened to the Contac 12 hour capsules - my favorite. I was so disappointed when it was discontinued.

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Amanda Says:
 
My Walgreens contacted me and told me that they had received in five more packages and I could purchase one. It was in response to the "please stock this item" inquiry that I sent via the Walgreens site. I did choose to set up a re-occurring delivery from the Florida on-line option though since the supply of Wal-Act continues to be iffy. No response from the corporate Walgreens with long-term status, so if you want the product at your store, I'd submit a request via their web site to try to push it centrally.

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Rsprenk Says:
 
Two of my Walgreens stores have said it is discontinued. They told us that most of their branded products are made by national companies so perhaps their supplier stopped making it?

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Bruce Says:
 
I have commented several times but a year has passed since my last post. See comment # 38 in this thread (and I have been to the UK since that post and renewed our supply).

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