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Doctor insights on: Alcohol And Pseudoephedrine

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What are the effects of pseudoephedrine and alcohol combined?

What are the effects of pseudoephedrine and alcohol combined?

Very buzzed: The sudafed is a stimulant the alcohol is a depressent. Depending on how much of each substance and your own personal body chemistry will determine the effects that you experience. Btw - I would not recommend this. The alcoholic "energy drinks" do the same thing.

Dr. Louis Vernacchio
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Pseudoephedrine (Definition)

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Is it safe to drink alcohol ~30 hours after taking 120mg pseudoephedrine?

Is it safe to drink alcohol ~30 hours after taking 120mg pseudoephedrine?

Yes: Almost eliminated from your system, good that you asked, always exercise caution with multiple medications/ drugs, alcohol is a drug, be cautious though

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Took 1 sudafed can I drink alcohol?

Took 1 sudafed can I drink alcohol?

Generally yes: But how much alcohol are you talking about. Sudafed is relatively without side effects, but it can elevate blood pressure, as can alcohol too. However, if you are using a decongestant because you have a cold, alcohol is not necessarily the best thing when you are fighting any kind of infection. The safe drinking limit in women is no more than 1 standard drink per day, and less than 3 at 1 time.

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Can midodrine and pseudoephidrine effect my blood alcohol reading if I take it with alcohol?

Can midodrine and pseudoephidrine effect my blood alcohol reading if I take it with alcohol?

Combo warnings: The interaction checker I use in my office showed no problem due to the alcohol, nor any effect on the alcohol level...But it did warn that these two drugs when taken together (with or without alcohol) can significantly and perhaps dangerously raise your blood pressure! a good reminder to all to watch about mixing any meds due to potential side effects which can be a real danger.

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What are the possible side effects of long term use of sudafed pe and rhinocort together with alcohol?

What are the possible side effects of long term use of sudafed pe and rhinocort together with alcohol?

Difficult to say: Sudafed and rhinocort are for chronic rhinitis which is a benign condition. Excessive alcohol use is always a major health concern. Limit your alcohol intake to no more than 7 drinks a week. None if you're pregnant.

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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.

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Does pseudoephedrine make you tired?

Does pseudoephedrine make you tired?

It shouldn't: Pseudoephedrine is in general a stimulant and should not make you tired. That being said there are people who have weird reactions to medication and you may be one of them who does get tired from this.

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Can I take buscapan with pseudoephedrine?

Yes: Assuming you don't have any allergies or medical ailments that would prevent you from taking the individual medications, the two do not react or cause any concerning adverse interactions.

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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.

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Can you take phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine?

Can you take phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine?

Not recommended: They are both decongestants and have similar effects. I recommend taking the highest effective dose for you of one or the other, not both. I tend not to recommend this to people with poorly controlled high blood pressure, prostate problems, or cardiovascular disease.

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Which over-the-counter products contain pseudoephedrine?

Too many: But if the end of the product has a -D on it, it likely has pseudoephedrine. Phenylnephrine may also be used as a decongestant but it is less effective than pseudoephedrine.

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What are some cold medicines OTC that contain pseudoephedrine?

See Pharmacist: Simple: the ones that actually do something for your symptoms...Oh, and are now locked behind the pharmacist's counter and require you to provide an id to purchase. Easiest to ask pharmacist for cold med w/pseudoephedrine and not phenylephrine (which does not work well for anyone it seems).

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Is it possible for me to take phenylephrine with pseudoephedrine?

Not a good idea: Both of these otc drugs usually used for nasal congestion are almost identical. They are alpha-agonists and as such increase heart rate and blood pressure as side effects. Take one or the other, not both.

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Which is more effective pseudoephedrine sulfate vs pseudoephedrine hcl?

Wrong choice: No clinical difference in the decongestant effect. But the effect is due to vasoconstriction of the blood vessels in sinuses and nose, which is followed by rebound worsening of congestion and systemic side-effects including hyertension, tremors, anxiety, even stroke. For nasal congestion, one should use an inhaled steroid, eg, Flonase (fluticasone nasal) spray; it treats sinuses and nose better.

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Is it okay to take pseudoephedrine before a soccer game or before you exercise?

Would not: Pseudo Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) can have a stimulant effect both raising your blood pressure as well as increasing your pulse. As a young otherwise healthy individual these effects may be marginal but I would still recommend not taking the medication prior to natural physical stimulation.