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Alternative Medicines To Sudafed
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
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
Daughter (21 years old) called asking abt any drug interaction. She had 4 hours left of Sudafed (generic 12 hour) when took Dayquil. Any concerns?
Drug reaction: No she should be fineGet a more detailed answer ›
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
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
My stuffy nose was just one side now it's on both, my medicines aren't working and stem isent working either any ideas and why isn't my sudafed working?
? sinus infection: You may have developed a sinus infection in addition to your underlying allergies. ...Read more
Taking antibiotics & sudafed for bronchitis but can't stop coughing! Is cough medicine ok to take too w those meds?
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?
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
Recovering from virus, used advil, (ibuprofen) sudafed nyquil. Now have bad acid reflux with gagging. On prevacid/antacids but still gagging. Diet? Drugs?
I took sudafed for a few days for my sinuses. I had a saliva drug test 2 days later for a job interview. I drank nyquil the nite before. I got a call from a doctor saying I tested positive and wasn't from otc meds. Is this true?
Positive for what?: What did you test positive for? Was it a screening test or was it followed by a confirmatory test. Screening tests may have false positive result. ...Read more
I gave my 13-year-old son 2 sudafed pills 2 hours ago and he has a fever of 102 & can I give Advil along with this drug? My son has sweats, chills/fever and headache but sudafed helped his nasal congestion...Can I mix Advil with sudafed to help with this?
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
Be prepared...: Based on the sophistication of the test, or lack of it, quite possibly. ...Read more
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
Drug Testing: Nope. Not in any way.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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