Sudafed

(Pseudoephedrine)

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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.

Quick facts about Sudafed
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription or OTC
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (pseudoephedrine)

Upsides

  • 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.

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Downsides

  • 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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How it works

Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) is a decongestant. It narrows blood vessels and reduces swelling in your nasal passages to make breathing easier.

Quick facts about Sudafed
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription or OTC
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (pseudoephedrine)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
People’s experience with Sudafed

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What to expect when you take Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) for Nasal decongestant

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Side effect rates for Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine)

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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.

Common concerns from people taking Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine)

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  • It can affect the quality of your sleep, so you can't take it too close to going to bed.