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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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GBman Says:
 
Walgreens is still carrying Wal-Act. Same ingrediants of old formula Actfed. In Wisconsin and other states. May not be, or have card at shelves. You need to go to pharmacy and get it. Usually visible behind the cashier. Need to present ID as you can only buy so much in a time frame. Each US state may be different. Just got some yesterday 8/30/2014.

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Bruce Says:
 
In the UK it is called Actifed Plus and you can get it from most chemists. Only one box of 12 at a time. Of course, if you are in a place like Central London there is practically a Boots every block: the number of boxes you can purchase per day is limited only by how much walking you are prepared to do. The formula is the same...as is the manufacturer.

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Charisma Says:
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I'm truly missing the Actifed too!!! Is it possible to get it from a pharmacy in the UK?

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Mavis Says:
 
A month of trying different meds & research and here is what I found:

(Beware Canada brand names do not always carry same ingredient list as same brand names in other contries: ie Brand X in USA and Canada may contain different ingredient list. )

I live in Canada so I checked the DIN (drug id no) of some old stock of Actifed to ensure combination of drugs used in Actifed.

Actifed in Canada = DIN 02238302= Triprolidine hydrochloride 2.5 mg and Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride 60 mg.

Extra Strength Tylenol Allergy is composed of Chlorpheiramine maleate. (2 mg) + other ingredients. "Chlorphenamine is part of a series of antihistamines ..... (its) derivatives and others .... dipheniramine (also known as triprolidine with the trade name Actifed)..."

I have been trying different meds in combination to try to mimic Actifed.. and low and behold.. Extra Strength Tylenol Allergy + Aerious or ENTREX (Guardian brand) . ENTREX & Areius contain Pseudoephedine (120 mg) . So I dug some more and then I found that triprolidine (a.k.a dipheniramine) derivative = Chlorphenamine. (Case solved for me).

Co-Actifed is available in Canada by prescription and contains Actifed 's ingredients + Codeine (more codeine than Tylenol-2's).

Citations:
1) hc-sc.gc.ca/fniah-spnia/pubs/nihb-ssna/_drug-med/2011-additions-spring-summer-ajouts-printemps
2) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorphenamine
3) Target (Canada) pharmacy

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Mavis Says:
 
I read on another blog that the FDA (in the USA) pulled the use of triprolidine.. due to a liver issues.. I too have been looking for a substitute for Actifed. I have purchased about 10 different medications. and was soooo.. frustrated today that I took 2 different meds at the same time.. and finally voila relief. The two meds are Aeruis and Sudafed.

I will also add that when we lived in California for 2 years, I learned that antihistamines are only sold through prescription!!!! (at that time). So frustrating, I know that Canada has different protocols and do not necessary follow the same regulatory process. Also, that would be very taxing on our public health care system to have to go to the drs just for allergy meds.

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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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