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Pseudoephedrine

INFORMATION

Uses

Pseudoephedrine is used in the treatment of rhinitis (common cold).

How it works

Pseudoephedrine belongs to the class of medications known as decongestants. Pseudoephedrine works by relaxing the smooth muscles in the nasal cavity which decreases excess secretion of mucous in nasal cavity and sinuses (air cavities) thereby relieving congestion.

Common side effects

Nausea, Nervousness, Palpitations, Dizziness, Shortness of breath, Headache, Insomnia, Restlessness, Stomach pain, Tachycardia, Heart rate irregular, Vomiting, Weakness

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Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you have heart, blood vessel, liver, kidney, bladder or prostate disorder.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience difficulty in breathing, swollen lips or skin, severe rashes and itching, hallucinations, restlessness or sleep disturbances.
  • Inform your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken medication for any mental illness, high blood pressure or glaucoma (increased pressure inside the eye that causes visual problems).
  • Do not take if allergic to pseudoephedrine or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if  medication is going for any mental disorder, nasal sprays for decongestion, high blood pressure.
  • Do not take if suffering with kidney, heart, liver, blood vessel disorder or diabetes, hyperthyroidism, phaeochromocytoma (a rare tumor of the adrenal glands) or glaucoma.
  • Do not take if below below 12 years.
  • Do not take if Pregnant and breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Pseudoephedrine

Q.Can I take pseudoephedrine for allergies?
Pseudoephedrine does give symptomatic relief from seasonal allergic conditions such as runny nose and nasal decongestion.

Q.Can I take pseudoephedrine with ibuprofen?
Yes. Ibuprofen may relieve fever experienced during cold.


Content on this page was last updated on 17 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)