Taking Advil With Coricidin Chest and Cough

There is no interaction between Advil and Coricidin Chest and Cough. There are other considerations however. The pharmacist discusses this and more in our latest question and answer.

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Can I take Advil with Coricidin HBP Chest and Cough medicine?

Asked by Janice On Dec 06, 2018

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On Dec 06, 2018

Advil With Coricidin Chest And Cough

Advil (ibuprofen) is safe to take with Coricidin Chest And Cough, which contains two active ingredients:

  • Dextromethorphan
  • Guaifenesin

Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant while guaifenesin is an expectorant, which helps to thin and loosen mucus secretions. Both have no interaction with Advil and are safe to take with it.

It is important to note that Advil can raise blood pressure, especially with long term use. As you are presumably taking Coricidin since it is safe in those with high blood pressure, be sure to take into consideration how Advil could affect it.

In general, it is recommended to monitor blood pressure when starting therapy with a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), like ibuprofen.

One study found that NSAIDs can increase blood pressure in individuals with or without diagnosed hypertension, with the greatest increases in those on antihypertensive therapy. It concluded:

Patients at risk for hypertension should be monitored for changes in blood pressure during NSAID treatment.

Additionally, many studies report that those taking certain blood pressure medications may be more affected than others. For example, NSAIDs, like Advil can antagonize the effects of some ACE-Inhibitors (e.g. lisinopril). Also, taking a NSAID with diuretics can increase the risk of acute kidney disease.

So, while Advil is safe with Coricidin Chest And Cough, it may not be recommended by your doctor if you have high blood pressure or are on blood pressure medication.

Alternative analgesics, such as acetaminophen, may be a better option for you. Be sure to speak with your doctor regarding whether or not Advil is safe in your particular medical situation.

Summary

There is no drug interaction between Advil and Coricidin Chest And Cough (Dextromethorphan; Guaifenesin). However, NSAIDs like Advil can raise blood pressure and may interact with blood pressure medication.

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Dr. Brian Staiger Pharm.D

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