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Alcohol And Pseudoephedrine
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.
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.
What are the possible side effects of long term use of sudafed pe and rhinocort together with alcohol?
I'm having a baby tomorrow, and live in a state that performs mandatory meconium testing. Took nyquil & sudafed....False pos for alcohol and mamp!?
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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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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).
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.
Probably no: Both of then can raise your blood pressure, I say not a good idea.
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.
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