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Childrens Sudafed Cold Medication
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
Ok to give children's sudafed (cough/cold) to a 2.5yr-old if he's 40 lbs? Child is very congested, dr not avail for consultation.
Sudafed: Because it contains Pseudoephedrine which may disrupt your child's sleep, use slt water nose drops with the sid of a bulb syringe to clear his nasal passages. Also use a vaporizer and elevate his mattress while sleeping. If need be you can use clartin, allegra, or zyrtec syrup, 1 tsp at bedtime and may be repeated 12 hours later, if necessary. ...Read more
My daughter is 13 and takes concerta for add. She took it at 9am this morning (36 mg). Gave her sudafed at 10:15 pm. Is this ok she does not take any other medications
That should be fine.:
Taking normal doses of an over the counter cold/allergy medicaiont should be fine with the concerta. If anything, your daughter may get more agiated, shaky or irritable with
the combination. If so, some patients notice that an antihistamine based preparation has less interactions. ...Read more
Yes you can: Should be no problemGet a more detailed answer ›
Sudafed?: The drug now sold as Sudafed is no longer pseudoephedrine (PSE) as it was in the past. I understand PSE can be diverted to illegal purposes. Now PSE is only sold by the Pharmacist, so you'll need to sign for it, but it works much better than the Sudafed sold over the counter. If the actual PSE fails, see a doctor. ...Read more
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
More sudafed is not the answer - only normal dose is appropriate. Basis treatment is your best answer:
take Aspirin to reduce the inflammation, drink plenty of water to keep hydrated, warm tea is very helpful, stay warm, and plenty of rest. Your immune system has to do the work of healing. More sudafed is definitely not the answer. ...Read more
Read the package insert: It's important to read the package insert, as those are the guidelines to follow. You should not take it for more than three days, or you will get rebound congestion worse then how you started with your cold. That's the problem with sudafed. Also you might have a racing heart, or it may keep you up at night, and can increase eye pressure. If at all possible, instead of taking sudafed, you could push drinking liquids, stick to a bland diet, and getting much needed rest, you will fare better. ...Read more
Category c medicatio: Sudafed is a pregnancy category c medication which means that this medication may not be safe in pregnancy, although the full risks are not known. For nasal congestion in pregnancy, I recommend rhinocort aq and singulair, (montelukast) which are both pregnancy category b medications available by prescription. For over the counter medications, ask the pharmacist for the pregnancy category a or b. Try sinus wash. ...Read more
Symptom relief: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s rest! ...Read more
Should be ok: Theraflu usually contains phenylephrine which has a short half life. Could use saudafed which has a long half life. A word of caution though as decongestants can increase your heart rate and blood pressure so consult your doctor if u think u may have a heart condition or glaucoma ...Read more
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
Is sudafed safe during my pregnancy? I took 2 every six hrs for 24 hrs for cold. I'm 12 weeks 4 days.
I've lost my smell and taste now for 5 days, I have a cold and a cough I have taken musinex and sudafed and no luck
Is children's sudafed with just Phenylephrine for nasal decongestant safe for almost 4yr old? I know Phenylephrine is ok for 2+yrs. 33#, dob 9/30/11
Not necessary: Mild upper respiratory infections are self limited illnesses. Decongestants such as phenylephrine only treat the symptoms, not the illness itself and all medications have potential side effects. It's better to use normal saline nasal drops or spray. If fever recurs, lethargy appears, decreased apetite, worsenning cough or other complications, have him seen by a doctor. ...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 ›
Sudafed is giving temporary relief. Cold for more than 7 days now. Still congested nose. What to do?
It is not uncommon for a drug like sudafed to be effective but after it is eliminated from your body, you get what is referred to as a "rebound resurgence" after a long period (7 days). In other words, your nasal congestion comes back worse than before. If it is an allergy and not a cold, there are better drugs than sudafed. The best thing is to stop the sudafed and tough it out.
Good Luck ...Read more
I've had a cold for six days. Why does my cough get worst at night and when I lie down? I've been taking Robitussin (guaifenesin) and sudafed.
Post Nasal Discharge: Try saline nasal rinses to thin and increase the flow of mucus. As your cold improves, the post nasal discharge and cold will resolve. It helps to stay hydrated as well. ...Read more
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