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What is Pseudoephedrine?

Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant. It works by shrinking the blood vessels in the nasal passages that cause the nose to become congested. It is available under many brand names, including Sudafed, Entx, SudoGest and more.

Pseudoephedrine is available over the counter in tablet and capsule form.

Uses for Pseudoephedrine

Pseudoephedrine is used to treat sinus and nasal congestion and congestion of the eustachian tubes (the tubes that drain fluid out of the inner ear), which may arise from conditions like the common cold, allergies and other sinus problems.

Pseudoephedrine should not be used by children under four, and may cause interactions when taken with other medications, particularly for conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or thyroid disorders. Be sure to read package instructions and warnings carefully, and ask a doctor or pharmacist if pseudoephedrine is safe for you if you are taking other medications.

Possible Side Effects of Pseudoephedrine

Serious side effects of pseudoephedrine include alterations in heartbeat (speeding up, pounding or unevenness), severe anxiety, severe dizziness, abnormal bruising or bleeding, weakness, fever, chills and other flu symptoms and increase in blood pressure (including severe headache, ringing in the ears, anxiety, blurred vision and more).

Less severe side effects include diminished appetite, tingling, warmth or redness of skin, restlessness, sleep problems and skin rash or itching.

Signs of an allergic reaction to pseudoephedrine include swelling of the face, tongue, throat or lips, hives and difficulty breathing.

Get emergency medical help if you experience any severe side effects or an allergic reaction, and report any minor side effects to your doctor.

Warnings About Pseudoephedrine

The information listed here regarding pseudoephedrine is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult a doctor before introducing a new medication into your health regimen for correct dosage and treatment information, proper monitoring and further side effects or possible interactions with other medications.

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