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Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant


  • Liquid
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Clears your sinuses.

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Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine) relieves stuffy nose, but it could keep your child up at night. Cold and flu medicines should be used only after non-drug options are tried.

  • One of the best over-the-counter medicines to clear stuffy nose and help your child breathe better.
  • Clears nasal congestion better than other decongestants like Phenylephrine.
  • Can be helpful in relieving congestion-related headaches and pressure in your child's ears.
  • Comes as a grape-flavored liquid.
  • Pseudoephedrine (the decongestant) can make your child's heart race or make him/her feel anxious and restless.
  • It may not let your child sleep well, so can't take it too close to bedtime.
  • Can worsen certain conditions, so check with your child's doctor if he/she has heart problems, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, or thyroid problems.
  • Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine) isn't as effective after using it for more than 4 days straight.
  • Need to show a photo ID to buy it in the drugstore and there's a limit on how much you can buy each visit.
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Side effects for Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine)

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These are side effects of Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you start Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • For children 4 years or older. Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take.
  • Only use the dosing cup to measure the exact amount of medicine and don't take more than instructed.
  • Starts working in 30 minutes.
  • You need to show an ID to buy Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine) in the drugstore since it contains pseudoephedrine.
  • Don't give Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine) too close to bedtime since it can make your child restless.
  • Talk to your child's doctor if symptoms don't get better in 1 week.

Risks and Warnings for Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of high blood pressure

    Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine) works by narrowing blood vessels. It can cause or worsen high blood pressure. If your child complains about being dizzy or having a headache that won't go away, Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine) might not be the best option for him/her.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine)

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  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • It may not let your child sleep well, so can't take it too close to bedtime.