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Is there a difference between ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and pseudoephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?

Is there a difference between ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and pseudoephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?

Different drugs: They are chemically related, but Pseudoephedrine is safer, has fewer side effects (elevated blood pressure, pulse, increased anxiety etc.) and for the most part, pseudoephredrine and phenylephrine have replaced Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) in most cold medicines. Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is still around, used in lots of chinese herbal remedies and weight loss drugs. I do not recommend Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) for any of my patients. ...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's the difference between ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and pseudoephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?

What's the difference between ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and pseudoephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?

Not a lot: Same chemical formula, just slight difference in direction of a side chain. But this little difference does give a little bit different effect, or intensity of effect in body.

That oh on top, with one it points forward, with the other it points back, thats it. ...Read more

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What is the difference between[ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, phenylalanine, and amphetamine?

What is the difference between[ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, phenylalanine, and amphetamine?

Stimulants: They belong to precursors and drugs used for weight loss, asthma and congestion. Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid. Ephedrine (ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) sulfate) is useful for bronchial asthma, but pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is useful in rhinitis. Amphetamines are a group of stimulants useful for attention deficit, and less frequently as a stimulant, which can be addictive. Ephedrine (ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) sulfate) and pseudo-ephed in synthesis of methamphetamine. ...Read more

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Why was pseudo-ephedrine banned?

Why was pseudo-ephedrine banned?

It wasn't: Pseudepredrine (sudafed) is still a major ingredient in decongestants, but has been behind the counter and available without prescription, but you have to sign for it, and there are a limited number of pills you can obtain. The reason is that it can be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, so there are now Federal regulations that restrict its sale, but it is NOT banned. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pseudo ephedrine hydrochloride & pseudo ephedrine sulfate?

Same medicine: These are essentially equivalent. It depends on whether the Pseudoephedrine itself, which is an alkali, was stabilized with hydrochloric or sulfuric acid. Both are quite safe. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between pseudo-ephedrine hydrochloride and pseudo-ephedrine sulfate?

Is there a difference between pseudo-ephedrine hydrochloride and pseudo-ephedrine sulfate?

None: Both are systemic nasal decongestants. They are different forms (actually, different salts) of the same drug. They have different molecular weights. Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride is sold under the brand name sudafed. I'm not sure if the sulfate form is available anymore. For details, see: http://www.Drugs.Com/mmx/pseudoephedrine-sulfate.Html. ...Read more

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I was prescribed 5ml every 4hrs of hydromet and pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) 2 tablets every 6 hours. Is this too much?or is this an overdose?

Mgt: If you can take one tablet of Sudafed instead of two, and manage your symptoms, a lower dose can be used.
Please ask your PCP as well. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) drops and spray?

What is the difference between pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) drops and spray?

Concentration : Starts with solution of Pseudoephedrine then it is either sprayed (as in nostril) or swallowed (as in decongestant). Difference is in concentration of active drug and inert ingredients (used for solubility stability and absorption). Follow your doctors advice for safe usage. ...Read more

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Do any docs think that the replacement for pseudo-ephedrine, phenylephrine, is as good for reducing congestion?

Generally no: but while phenylephrine has been substituted for pseudephedrine in many cold medications, medicines with Sudafed are still available. You just have to sign for them and show ID, and the amounts you get may be limited in some states. This is because pseudephredrine can be used as an ingredient in the cooking of methamphetamine. Phenylephrine can't. ...Read more

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Can I take sudafed pe while breastfeeding? The pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) free one?

Can I take sudafed pe while breastfeeding? The pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) free one?

Sub if possible. : The oral bioavailability of phenylephrine is only about 40%, so the drug is unlikely to reach the infant in large amounts. However, intravenous or oral administration of phenylephrine might decrease milk production. Because no information is available on the use of oral phenylephrine during breastfeeding, an alternate drug may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant. ...Read more

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Can i take sudafed (pseudo ephedrine only), Mucinex (guaifenesin) (expectorant and decongestant), and nyquil all at once?

Probably ok: Sudafed and Mucinex (guaifenesin) certainly can be taken together and adding nyquil at bedtime is probably not harmful. Your pharmacist who knows all the ingredients and actions of these medications is very qualified to advise you,however. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What flu drugs contain pseudoephedrine?

See below please: Sudafed congestion, sudafed 12 hour, sudafed 24 hour, sudafed triple action and sudafed 12 hour pressure and pain.
Advil allergy sinus.
Adult strength advil (ibuprofen) allergy sinus caplets and cold and sinus liquigels/caplets contain pseudoephedrine.
Aleve-d
claritin-d contains a combination of Loratadine and Pseudoephedrine in tablet form. ...Read more

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How do I get over pseudoephedrine withdrawal?

Pro Help: Difficult problem. You may need professional help.
http://lighthouserecoveryinstitute.com/types-of-addiction/pseudoephedrine-addiction/ ...Read more

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Can you take pseudoephedrine with diphenhydramine?

Can you take pseudoephedrine with diphenhydramine?

Yes.: Psuedoephedrine is a sympathomimetic which may rev you up a bit. Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine (antiallergy) medication with some sedating properties as well. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take phenylephrine with pseudoephedrine?

Phenylephrine: It is safe to combine phenylephrine with Pseudoephedrine generally if you do not have high blood pressure. But, combining the two may increase your pulse, may create palpitations (sensation of heart flipping), or raise your blood pressure. Insomnia may also be associated with using the two together. They are both stimulants that shrink blood vessels. ...Read more

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Is ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) another name for adrenaline?

Is ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) another name for adrenaline?

Similar but diff: Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is a compound that is found in some natural products (in small amounts) and is used in many otc drug products, and in a lot of "natural remedies". It's actions are very similar to adrenaline. In low doses, it can be a mild stimulant, like caffeine. In higher doses, or in susceptible people, it can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Which promethazine pills contain ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?

None that I know of: Firstly, ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is no longer available in the US market, because of serious side effects - elevated pulse, blood pressure and risk of stroke. Same is true with PPA (phenylpropanolamine), a similar decongestant. Am not aware of any combination medications currently available. In the 1950s the combination was used in the treatment of allergies. There may still be combination products in Canada. ...Read more

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What flue drugs dose not have pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine ?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir): But seriously, just read the label. Dont forget zn tablets. ...Read more

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Can pseudoephedrine sulfate result in a false positive drug test?

Can pseudoephedrine sulfate result in a false positive drug test?

Pseudoephedrine: Yes, to stimulants such as meth, & also to ecstacy. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) overdose?

What is the treatment for ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) overdose?

Supportive care: Support of cardiac and central nervous system functions. Prevention of seizures and cardiac arrhythmia. Depending on severity, hospitalization and cardiac monitoring may be necessary. ...Read more

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Would oral phenylephrine/pseudoephedrine help with rebound congestion?

Would oral phenylephrine/pseudoephedrine help with rebound congestion?

Steroids: I would recommend either Medrol dose-pak or Prednisone 20 mg. Three times a day for 5 days. Prednisone is the ultimate anti-inflammatory drug and the above 2 methods of administration are safe and should relieve rebound congestion. Obviously, stop taking over the counter nasal sprays. If you have nasal congestion, see an ENT doc or an allergist. ...Read more

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Whats ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) content of sida cordifolia vs. Ephedra?

Ephedra>>cordifolia: Ephedra sinica, has a total alkaloid content of 1–3% by dry weight. Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) constitutes 40–90% of the alkaloid content(wikipedia entry). Natural sources of Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) are no longer used to make pseudoephedrine, because synthetic processes are cheaper. Ephedra must have a lot more Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) than sida cordifolia, because it was only source used commercially before synthetics were available. ...Read more

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I know that ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is a stimulant. Is it legal in the usa?

I know that ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is a stimulant.  Is it legal in the usa?

Not alkaloids: The fda banned diet supplements containing alkaloids of Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) (found mainly in the stem of the ephedra sinica species) in 2004. Other names may be legal. The laws differ from state to state, and these regulate the activities of companies more than they do individuals. I am sure people buy these things from other countries, but they may still not be safe. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Kalina
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