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Clears your sinuses.

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Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) relieves stuffy nose, but it could keep you up at night. Don't forget your photo ID or you won't be able to buy it in the drugstore.

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  • One of the best over-the-counter options to clear stuffy nose and help you breathe better.
  • Clears nasal congestion better than other decongestants like phenylephrine.
  • Can be helpful in relieving congestion-related headaches and pressure in your ears.
  • Available in regular and extended release forms.
  • Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) can make your heart race or make you feel anxious and restless.
  • It can affect the quality of your sleep, so you can't take it too close to going to bed.
  • Can raise blood pressure so check with your doctor before using it if you have high blood pressure or other heart conditions.
  • Sudafed (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 is a limit on how much you can buy each visit.

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Side effects for Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine)

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

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What to expect when you start Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Starts working in 30 minutes.
  • You need to show an ID to buy Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) in the drugstore because it contains pseudoephedrine.
  • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than recommended on the package.
  • Don't take Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) too close to bedtime since it can keep you awake.
  • Can cause an irregular or fast heartbeat, and can raise your blood pressure.
  • Talk to your doctor if your symptoms don't get better in 1 week.

Risks and Warnings for Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of high blood pressure

    Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) works by narrowing blood vessels. It can cause or worsen high blood pressure. If you feel dizzy or have a headache that won't go away, Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) might not be the best option for you.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine)

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  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • It can affect the quality of your sleep, so you can't take it too close to going to bed.
  • This makes me feel kind of gross somehow, speedy and clear-nosed and clear-minded, but artificial. Something that works well in a pinch if I need to present myself well. But sleeping the cold off is better.
    Age: 31
    Gender: man
    Taken for: Nasal congestion
    Duration taken: less than a week