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Active Ingredients in Sinutab

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author image Aironius French
Aironius French has been writing professionally since 1999, when he became a clinical chiropractic physician. His health-related articles have appeared in the newspapers "Calgary Sun," "Calgary Herald," "Ajo Corridor Times" and "Rocky Point Times" and in "Penasco" magazine. French holds a Bachelor of Science in physical anthropology and human development from the University of Calgary and a doctorate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
Active Ingredients in Sinutab
Sinutab offers three products which have different combinations of active ingredients. Photo Credit yellow pills image by Darko Draskovic from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Sinutab is a brand name of medicinal caplets owned by the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer. Sinutab products are manufactured for relieving sinus, nasal and chest symptoms caused by the common cold, local infections and allergies. Sinutab’s three products contain different combinations of active ingredients for specific symptomatic relief.

Sinutab Non-Drying Caplets

Sinutab Non-Drying caplets are used as a decongestant and expectorant combination, for symptoms caused by bronchitis and the common cold. The two active ingredients in Sinutab Non-Drying are guaifenesen and pseudoephedrine hydrochloride. Guaifenesin is classified as the expectorant and it helps loosen phlegm from the throat and chest, which makes coughing productive. Pseudoephedrine is classified as the nasal decongestant and it helps to decrease swelling in the nasal passages and constrict blood vessels. Sinutab Non-Drying Maximum Strength contains 200 mg of guaifenesin and 30 mg of pseudoephedrine per caplet.

Sinutab Sinus Caplets

Sinutab Sinus caplets are used for “temporary relief of headache, nasal congestion, sinus pressure and congestion,” according to Sinutab.com. The two active ingredients in Sinutab Sinus are acetaminophen and phenylephrine hydrochloride. Acetaminophen is classified as a pain and fever reducer, and works by affecting how the brain processes pain and regulates body temperature. Phenylephrine is classified as the nasal decongestant and helps to shrink dilated blood vessels in the nasal passages. Sinutab Sinus Maximum Strength contains 325 mg of acetaminophen and 5 mg of phenylephrine per caplet. The Extra Strength variety contains more acetaminophen--500 mg.

Sinutab Sinus Allergy Caplets

Sinutab Sinus Allergy caplets are used to temporarily relieve symptoms of hay fever, runny nose, sinus congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy nose or throat, and headache caused by allergies or the common cold. The three active ingredients in Sinutab Sinus Allergy are acetaminophen, pseudoephedrine hydrochloride and chlorpheniramine maleate. Acetaminophen works as an analgesic and psuedoephedrine as a nasal decongestant, as noted. Chlorpheniramine is classified as an antihistamine, which helps to reduce chemicals in the nasal passages that lead to inflammation, such as histamine, according to Mosby’s Drug Consult. Sinutab Sinus Allergy Maximum Strength contains 325 mg of acetaminophen, 30 mg of pseudoephedrine and 2 mg of chlorpheniramine per caplet. The Extra Strength variety contains more acetaminophen--500 mg.

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