Cold symptoms usually begin 2 to 3 days after exposure to a cold virus and can
last from 7 to 10 days. When you have a cold, you want relief from its symptoms fast.
To help your body fight the common cold, rest in bed, drink plenty of fluids and gargle
with warm salt water. Unlike cold pills that take time to dissolve, Alka-Seltzer Plus® Effervescent
is ready to go to work the instant you take it. Alka-Seltzer Plus® Cold Medicine is alive with effervescence - It rushes medicine to break up your worst cold symptoms fast.
Alka-Seltzer Plus Original Effervescent contains a fever reducer, to bring down your fever and
help you feel better fast.
When you want cold symptom relief fast, take Alka-Seltzer Plus.
Fast Relief of:
Headache + Body Ache
Aspirin (pain reliever / fever reducer)
Chlorpheniramine Maleate (antihistamine)
Phenylephrine Bitartrate (nasal decongestant)
Active Ingredients | Uses | Warnings | Directions | Other Information | Inactive Ingredients
(in each tablet)
Aspirin 325 mg. Pain reliever/fever reducer
Chlorpheniramine maleate 2 mg. Antihistamine
Phenylephrine bitartrate 7.8 mg. Nasal decongestant
temporarily relieves these symptoms due to a cold:
minor aches and pains
nasal and sinus congestion
temporarily reduces fever
Reye’s syndrome: Children and teenagers should not use this medicine for chicken pox or flu symptoms before a doctor is consulted about Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious illness reported to be associated with aspirin.
Aspirin may cause a severe allergic reaction which may include:
Alcohol warning: If you consume 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day, ask your doctor whether you should take aspirin or other pain relievers/fever reducers. Aspirin may cause stomach bleeding.
Sore throat warning: If sore throat is severe, persists for more than 2 days, is accompanied or followed by fever, headache, rash, nausea, or vomiting, consult a doctor promptly.
Do not use to sedate children
Do not use
if you are allergic to aspirin or any other pain reliever/fever reducer
if you are now taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor
(MAOI) (certain drugs for depression, psychiatric, or emotional
conditions, or Parkinson's disease), or for 2 weeks after stopping
the MAOI drug. If you do not know if your prescription drug contains
an MAOI, ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking this product.
in children under 12 years of age
Ask a doctor before use if you have
stomach problems (such as heartburn, upset stomach, or stomach pain)
that last or come back
high blood pressure
difficulty in urination due to enlargement of the prostate gland
a breathing problem such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis
a sodium-restricted diet
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are
taking a prescription drug for
anticoagulation (blood thinning)
taking sedatives or tranquilizers
When using this product
do not exceed recommended dosage
excitability may occur, especially in children
you may get drowsy
avoid alcoholic drinks
alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness
be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery
Stop use and ask a doctor if
an allergic reaction occurs. Seek medical help right away.
pain, cough, or nasal congestion gets worse or lasts more than 7 days
fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days
redness or swelling is present
new symptoms occur
ringing in the ears or loss of hearing occurs
nervousness, dizziness, or sleeplessness occurs
If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. It is especially important not to use aspirin during the last 3 months of pregnancy unless definitely directed to do so by a doctor because it may cause problems in the unborn child or complications during delivery.
Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
adults and children 12 years and over
take 2 tablets fully dissolved in 4 oz of water every 4 hours
do not exceed 8 tablets in 24 hours or as directed by a doctor
children under 12 years
do not use
each tablet contains: sodium 474 mg
Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine 8.4 mg per tablet
store at room temperature. Avoid excessive heat.
acesulfame potassium, anhydrous citric acid, aspartame, calcium silicate, dimethylpolysiloxane, docusate sodium, flavors, mannitol, povidone, sodium benzoate, sodium bicarbonate
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