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    Information about Phenylephrine

    Phenylephrine uses

    Phenylephrine is used in nasal congestion and pupil dilation. It is also used to treat low blood pressure that can occur during different types of anesthesia.

    How phenylephrine works

    Phenylephrine is a nasal decongestant. It narrows the small blood vessels, which provide temporary relief from congestion or stuffiness in the nose.

    Common side effects of phenylephrine

    Nausea, Vomiting, Headache, Palpitations, Increased blood pressure, Increased heart rate, Heart beat irregular

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    Expert advice for Phenylephrine

    • Oral phenylephrine should be taken with food
    • Phenylephrine can make you restless, so don't take it too close to bedtime
    • Do not use this medicine without doctor's advice if you are pregnant or breast feeding
    • Smoking may worsen the effect; therefore use of tobacco should be avoided.

    Frequently asked questions for Phenylephrine


    Q. Is Phenylephrine an antibiotic/a stimulant/an NSAID/ does Phenylephrine work/ does Phenylephrine makes your nose run/ does Phenylephrine has aspirin in it?

    Phenylephrine is not an antibiotic, stimulant, NSAID, but a decongestant and is used to relieve blocked nose. Phenylephrine works for most of the patients if taken as recommended. It does not have aspirin in it

    Q. Can i take phenylephrine with ibuprofen/pseudoephedrine/citalopram/Nyquil/ acetaminophen/ dextromethorphan/ Zyrtec/ Flonase/ Advil?

    Drug interaction with any of the above mentioned drugs is not documented, but it can occur. Always follow your doctor’s advice before taking any medicine with phenylephrine

    Q. Can i take Phenylephrine with high blood pressure?

    Do not take Phenylephrine with high blood pressure

    Q. Is Phenylephrine the same as Sudafed?

    No, Phenylephrine is not same as Sudafed which contains pseudoephedrine.

    Content on this page was last updated on 03 October, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)