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Why is sudafed a wanted drug?

Why is sudafed a wanted drug?

Sudafed: Sudafed is a great drug that works as a potent oral decongestant, making it great for colds, allergies and the like. It has been available over-the-counter for years, but in recent times, illicit drugs can be made from using sudafed as one of the ingredients. Now, in many states, sudafed is controlled and requires a special prescription or it is closely maintained in pharmacies under lock & key. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Vernacchio
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Pseudoephedrine (Definition)

Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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What is a good alternative to using sudafed for allergies?

What is a good alternative to using sudafed for allergies?

Medical Alternatives: Sudafed is a short-acting decongestant, can provide limited, immediate relief. Alternatives include antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (can cause sedation), longer-acting antihistamines like claritin/zyrtec, leukotriene inibitor (singulair - rx only) and nasal steroid sprays (nasonex, flonase, etc). Most are more effective when taken daily as preventative rather than started after symptoms are present. ...Read more

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What does sudafed show up as in a drug test I take sinus medicine and just had a drug test and wanted to know how it shows in a drug test

Amphetamine: The molecules are very similar, and screening tests will often come back positive for amphetamine with pseudephedrine and similar drugs. A confirmatory test should be done with any positive, and will distinguish between the two. ...Read more

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I'm breastfeeding & dr rxd sudafed & guifen w/ codeine. Haven't taken yet but baby is sick now so will medicine passed into milk help him feel better?

I'm breastfeeding & dr rxd sudafed & guifen w/ codeine. Haven't taken yet but baby is sick now so will medicine passed into milk help him feel better?

Careful: Be careful taking sudafed while breastfeeding. It can decrease your milk supply. Codeine might make you sleep more soundly and not wake to your crying baby, or fall asleep while breastfeeding, which can be very dangerous (dropping baby to floor or rolling on baby/suffocating him). Add water to the air (humidifier) and flush your nose with saline. Honey can help coughs (for those over 1 yr old). ...Read more

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Sudafed + beconase (beclomethasone) + anti-histamine is good sinusitis medicine?

Sudafed + beconase (beclomethasone) + anti-histamine is good sinusitis medicine?

Yes: It's a good combination for chronic sinusitis, but not acute bacterial sinusitis which would require antibiotics. Decongesting the nose is helpful in acute as well as chronic sinusitis. ...Read more

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I have a drug test for a new job this week and have been taking sudafed and a friend said I may fail the drug test because of it, is this true?

I have a drug test for a new job this week and have been taking sudafed and a friend said I may fail the drug test because of it, is this true?

Not likely, but: Normally when a drug screening test is administered they ask you to list all medications that you are currently taking. This is so that if they do find a positive, they can take extra steps to verify that whatever caused the positive isn't something you listed. Don't take it between now and the test if you're worried - by 48 hrs, it should not show up anyway. Best! ...Read more

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Taking antibiotics & sudafed for bronchitis but can't stop coughing! Is cough medicine ok to take too w those meds?

Taking antibiotics & sudafed for bronchitis but can't stop coughing! Is cough medicine ok to take too w those meds?

Mgt: Most bronchial infections will resolve in 10 days. If your cough is not responding to the medication, it may be related to bronchospasm or worsening infection. A follow up is advised. ...Read more

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I took sudafed yesterday at 10:00am and I have a urine drug test for a job I was just offered today in about an hour. Should I worry false positive?

I took sudafed yesterday at 10:00am and I have a urine drug test for a job I was just offered today in about an hour. Should I worry false positive?

Drug screen urine: F states she took pseudophed yesterday and wants to know if it will show up on urine blood test? Depends on what they are testing for. I would ask lab doing the testing. And tell them your story. ...Read more

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My nose has been congested for 18 days. Tried nasal spray, Sudafed, allergy medicine, and cold medicine but nothing works. No other pain. What's wrong?

My nose has been congested for 18 days. Tried nasal spray, Sudafed, allergy medicine, and cold medicine but nothing works. No other pain. What's wrong?

Well: If you have been using decongestant sprays for more than 5 days, you may end up with a rebound congestion which may require cortisone for a few days to wean you off of the spray. If you have an allergic condition or sinusitis, the Rx you have tried may not work. Perhaps it is time to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Will pseudoephedrine hydrochloride affect a drug test?

Possibly: "false positive testing" occurs when a test finds evidence of illegal drug use when no drugs were taken. This can be a result of some over-the counter medications having chemical structures similar to illegal drugs. Pseudofed, found in many allergy and "cold" medications is one of these drugs. ...Read more

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Will pseudoephedrine hydrochloride affect a drug test?

Be prepared...: Based on the sophistication of the test, or lack of it, quite possibly. ...Read more

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Should I be careful with a drug with the following active agents:paracetamol 500mg/pseudoephedrine hydrochloride 60mg/triprolodine hydrochloride2.5mg?

Should I be careful with a drug with the following active agents:paracetamol 500mg/pseudoephedrine hydrochloride 60mg/triprolodine hydrochloride2.5mg?

Follow doc's instrxn: Taking the med as directed either by doc or on package label should keep u safe. Paracetamol = tylenol (acetaminophen) (so don't take extra tylenol (acetaminophen)); Pseudoephedrine is decongestant (shrinks membranes, reduces congestion; may elevate blood pressure); triprolidine is antihistamine that can cause sedation; so no alcohol when taking this med. ...Read more

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Can one overdose on sudafed?

Can one overdose on sudafed?

Yes: It causes high blood pressure, rapid heary rate, and could induce a heart attack or stroke. ...Read more

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Sudafed only halfway working, what else can I do?

Nasal steroid spray: Greetings. Sudafed is an excellent decongestant but if you still are having troubles, first use NeilMed sinus rinse. This helps to remove the thick mucus from your nasal passages. Wait 5-10 minutes then spray OTC Nasacort/Flonase into your nose. This medication will add to the sudafed. If that doesn't help see your ENT for an examination. Turbinate enlargement, infection, polyps or allergy work up ...Read more

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Can you drink on sudafed?

Can you drink on sudafed?

Medication question: It is alright to take Pseudoephedrine with moderate amounts of alcohol. Just don't overdo it. Also, do not mix alcohol with antihistamines. ...Read more

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Does sudafed contain aspirine?

No: Sudafed or pseudo-ephedrine is an Alpha agonist and acts only as a vaso-constrictor to shrink blood vessels and increase the opening of the nasal cavity. As such it should not be taken if you have hypertension. It does not contain aspirin. ...Read more

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Can I combine Nyquil and sudafed?

Can I combine Nyquil and sudafed?

It Depends: Unfortunately, there are mult versions of Nyquil. Some contain the active ingredient in Sudafed (usually actually Sudafed PE which is phenylephrine). Other's do not. When it comes to OTC the counter meds it is as confusing and dangerous as if not more than prescriptions meds. Talk to your doc or pharmacist about the right product (s) for your specific needs and poss interaction with your presc meds ...Read more

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Can you die from a sudafed overdose?

Can you die from a sudafed overdose?

Yes: Ultimately, you could die from sudafed overdose. It is important to take sudafed, or any other medication as directed. If your symptoms are not improving in the expected timeframe, get your doctor to re-evaluate you, and adjust or add medications/ treatment. ...Read more

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Sinutab or sudafed, which is better?

Sinutab or sudafed, which is better?

Whichever helps: They are both effective in improving symptoms of congestion. To determine which one is better you would need to try them both and see how they affect you. ...Read more

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Can I take Sudafed PE with Meclizine?

Yes: Pseudoephedrine and the Antihistamine Meclizine is a Decongestant Antihistamine combination. So it is okay in case of allergic Rhinosinusitis! ...Read more

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Can I take sudafed pe if im a diabetic?

Maybe: I try to avoid recommending sudafed to people who have high blood pressure. People with diabetes also would be better to avoid it. But if it is once in a while and taking safer measures such as nasal saline, nasal steroid fail to relief nasal congestion then I would say it is not a big issue to take a few of them. ...Read more