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Dr. Louis Vernacchio
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Pseudoephedrine (Overview)

Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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Is it safe to take claritin-d every day? Are there long term side effects and what does pseudoephedrine interact with, if anything?

Is it safe to take claritin-d every day? Are there long term side effects and what does pseudoephedrine interact with, if anything?

Allergies: In general, it it safe to take antihistamines everyday for allergies. Claritin-d includes the decongestant as you mentioned, and I tend to avoid that for people on a long term basis. It increases vasoconstriction and this has a variety of effects including more work for the heart and elevated blood pressure. There are other medications that can help with congestion. See ent/allergist. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Vernacchio
405 Doctors shared insights

Pseudoephedrine (Overview)

Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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Are there any good effects of pseudoephedrine?

Are there any good effects of pseudoephedrine?

Yes: You are correct Pseudoephedrine has lots of side effects, such as shakiness, anorexia, palpitations and increased blood pressure. It is a very good decongestant though, and has been available for years in many prescription products such as Claritin (loratadine) d, zyrtec d, allergra d etc. ...Read more

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Hello! I%b4m pregnant week 23. Can I use pseudoephedrine (60mg twice a day), when I have a hard flu.

Hello! I%b4m pregnant week 23. Can I use pseudoephedrine (60mg twice a day), when I have a hard flu.

Avoid oral agents: At 23 weeks you're outside the teratogenic risk with this medication and are unlikely to do harm however these medications are never the first line for nasal and sinus symptoms during pregnancy. I would instead consider the use of saline nasal sprays and neti pots. ...Read more

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How effective is pseudoephedrine in fixing ear pressure blockage during flights?

How effective is pseudoephedrine in fixing ear pressure blockage during flights?

It may work: It may work. It just takes a while and you may not need it:try performing a valsalva maneuver - pinch your nose and gently "blow" air out of your nose while at the same time bearing down like you are lifting something. This will force air up your eustachian tube and expand the middle ear and prevent traction on the ear drum which is what causes the pain and fullness during descent. ...Read more

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Severe allergies. OTC don't work anymore except pseudoephedrine and benedryl (side effects). Recommend OTC. DO NOT SAY SEE A DOCTOR - can't afford?

Severe allergies. OTC don't work anymore except pseudoephedrine and benedryl (side effects). Recommend OTC. DO NOT SAY SEE A DOCTOR - can't afford?

Nasal sprays: You could try nasal sprays - Nasacort Allergy 24HR or NasalCrom, but these may take some time to work. Some patients do well with Saline nasal washes or Neti Pots. Also try using Zyrtec or Claritin instead of Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) to reduce side effects. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take pseudoephedrine while taking antibiotics?

Yes: Antibiotics treat the bacterial infection.
Pseudo fed treat the ensuing congestion.
They are often used together for upper respiratory problems. ...Read more

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I have dosed pseudoephedrine hci, guaifenesin, and dextromethorphan hbr. I also took 2 10/650 vicodin. Is this safe I took about 3.5 fluid ounces of Robitussin cf, which is what contained all of the ingredients listed. Is this combination potentially harm

I have dosed pseudoephedrine hci, guaifenesin, and dextromethorphan hbr. I also took 2 10/650 vicodin. Is this safe I took about 3.5 fluid ounces of Robitussin cf, which is what contained all of the ingredients listed. Is this combination potentially harm

No: 3.5 ounces of Robitussin (guaifenesin) is an excessive dose in and of itself (usual dose is 15-30 ml, which is 1/2-1 oz). Combining this with 2 vicodin increases the chance of toxic effects. Follow instructions on otc medications if you want to use them safely, and tell the doctor prescribing the vicodin about your use of other medications with it. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of pseudoephedrine?

What are the side effects of pseudoephedrine?

Vasocontrictor: Pseudophedrine is a vasoconstrictor. This means it has the ability to temporarily narrow blood vessels. Taken orally this can cause dizziness, rapid heart rate (palpitations) or headache. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pseudoephedrine (aleve-d) to get out of your system?

How long does it take for pseudoephedrine (aleve-d) to get out of your system?

A day or so: Aleve-d is a 12-hour formulation, so the medicines are intended to be there for 1/2 day. If you allow another 1/2 day, the majority of the medicines should be metabolized and gone. ...Read more

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How long will pseudoephedrine last in your body?

How long will pseudoephedrine last in your body?

Depends on dosage: The bottles are usually labelled as to how long they last. 60 mg is marketed to last 4 to 6 hours, 120 mg 12 hours, and 240 mg all day. The generics may not work as a sustained release tablet as well as brand name drugs here. Pseudophedrine can cause palpitations, jitteriness, insomnia, and high blood pressure. By about age 40 I tell most people not to take it with any regularity. ...Read more

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For how many days can I take clarinase (pseudoephedrine/loratadine) tabs, to decrease the congestion because of septum deviation (maximum days)?

For how many days can I take clarinase (pseudoephedrine/loratadine) tabs, to decrease the congestion because of septum deviation (maximum days)?

Antihistamines: You may take them indefininately, but that's like using a bandaid to correct your problem sooner orlater you will need surgery to correct your problem. ...Read more

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What is pseudoephedrine?

What is pseudoephedrine?

Cold medicine: Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient in some cold medicines, meant to help with nasal/sinus congestion. It is a stimulant that has been used inappropriately in the past, so there are regulations on its sale in the US. It can also interact with a certain type of older antidepressant and it can have effects on blood pressure in those with high blood pressure problems. ...Read more

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Are there any good effects of pseudoephedrine?

Yes: You are correct Pseudoephedrine has lots of side effects, such as shakiness, anorexia, palpitations and increased blood pressure. It is a very good decongestant though, and has been available for years in many prescription products such as Claritin (loratadine) d, zyrtec d, allergra d etc. ...Read more

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When was pseudoephedrine discovered? And by who?

It is there: Pseudo-ephedrine occurs naturally as plant alkaloid It was synthesized early part of lost century by several chemists from B-ethoxy amines, like Spath, Gohring etc. It is illegal to use as sports enhancer, abuse is dangerous and lethal, easily converted to meth-amphetamine. Stay away ...Read more