Pseudoephedrine

How It Works:

Pseudoephedrine belongs to the class of medications called sympathomimetics. It works by causing narrowing of the blood vessels and reduces swelling in the nasal passages thereby making breathing easier.

Side Effects:

restlessness, nausea, unable to sleep, pounding or fluttering sensation in chest; irregular heartbeats that one can feel, vomiting, Dry mouth, high blood pressure, anxiety, uncontrolled shaking, thumping, cardiac arrhythmias, headache and occasionally urinary retention in males and skin rashes., increased heart rate

Used For:

Pseudoephedrine is used for the relief of nasal congestion caused by colds, allergies, and hay fever. It is also used to temporarily relieve sinus congestion and pressure.

Instructions:

Avoid taking the medicine too close to bedtime as it may keep you awake. Do not use continuously or more than the recommended duration as it can cause rebound congestion.Do not start or continue the pseudoephedrine and consult your doctor:
  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to pseudoephedrine or any of the other ingredients of pseudoephedrine.
  • If you are hypertensive or diabetic patient.
  • If you have latent or clinically recognized open angle glaucoma.
  • If you heart diseases.
  • If you have prostatic hypertrophy.
  • If you have hyperthyroidism.
  • If you have urinary retention.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is pseudoephedrine banned in India?No. it is available in India as various brands in combinations (eg. Actified, Allegra D).
Q. Is pseudoephedrine a blood thinner/diuretic/anticholinergic/NSAID/narcotic/ antihistamine?Pseudoephedrine is a sympathomimetic drug. It is not a diuretic, anticholinergic, NSAID, narcotic or antihistamine.
Q. Is pseudoephedrine the same as phenylephrine?No, pseudoephedrine is different drug than phenylephrine but both are nasal decongestant.
Q. Is pseudoephedrine used in methamphetamine?Pseudoephedrine is used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine.
Q. Is pseudoephedrine safe/ safe to take every day/ how long can I take pseudoephedrine?It is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is pseudoephedrine a controlled substance/ addictive?Yes, it is controlled substance and it may be addictive. Pseudoephedrine can be habit-forming and should only be used when prescribed. Doctors will inform the patient to only take the medication as needed.
Q. Is pseudoephedrine over the counter/prescription?It is an over the counter medication. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is pseudoephedrine safe to take while pregnant?No, it is not safe to take this drug during pregnancy. Always consult your doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is pseudoephedrine gluten free?Yes, it is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use.
Q. Can you take pseudoephedrine for allergies?Pseudoephedrine is used for treatment of nasal and sinus congestion. Always consult your doctor regarding its use.
Q. How much pseudoephedrine can I take for a cold?Yes. It can be taken for cold. You should take pseudoephedrine for prescribed dose and duration as advised by doctor.
Q. Can I take pseudoephedrine with Nyquil/ ibuprofen/ Benadryl/ Mucinex/ Mucinex DM/ guaifenesin/ Tylenol/loratadine/hydrocodone?Taking other medicines may alter the effects of pseudoephedrine. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.
Q. Can I take pseudoephedrine with high blood pressure?No, patient with high blood pressure should not take this drug. Always consult your doctor regarding its use.
Q. Can I take pseudoephedrine with paracetamol/ Tylenol ibuprofen/antibiotics/Lemsip/ Benadryl/Clartin/amoxicillin/ citalopram/Mucinex/warfarin?Taking other medicines may alter the effects of pseudoephedrine. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.
Q. Does pseudoephedrine/ Actified/ Allegra D make you sleepy/awake/tired/ get you high/raise blood pressure/constipation/insomnia/ dry you out?Pseudoephedrine and its combination causing the above mentioned side effects are rare or uncommon. However, consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.
Q. Does pseudoephedrine contain acetaminophen?No, it does not contain acetaminophen in it.
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