Sudafed

(Pseudoephedrine)

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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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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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  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Fast heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Hallucinations
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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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Pregnancy

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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Sleep
  • It can affect the quality of your sleep, so you can't take it too close to going to bed.