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Doctor insights on: How Long Does Pseudoephedrine Stay In The Body

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How long will pseudoephedrine last in your body?

How long will pseudoephedrine last in your body?

Depends on dosage: The bottles are usually labelled as to how long they last. 60 mg is marketed to last 4 to 6 hours, 120 mg 12 hours, and 240 mg all day. The generics may not work as a sustained release tablet as well as brand name drugs here. Pseudophedrine can cause palpitations, jitteriness, insomnia, and high blood pressure. By about age 40 I tell most people not to take it with any regularity. ...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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If someone takes pseudoephedrine sulfate 240 milligrams how long until it is completely undetectable in a urine test?

If someone takes pseudoephedrine sulfate 240 milligrams how long until it is completely undetectable in a urine test?

It is not.: Pseudoephedrine will not show up in a routine urine drug screen. That is not part of basic drug panels. Now if the Pseudoephedrine is mixed with methamphetamines (crystal meth) then that's a different story! ...Read more

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How long does it take for pseudoephedrine (aleve-d) to get out of your system?

How long does it take for pseudoephedrine (aleve-d) to get out of your system?

A day or so: Aleve-d is a 12-hour formulation, so the medicines are intended to be there for 1/2 day. If you allow another 1/2 day, the majority of the medicines should be metabolized and gone. ...Read more

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If I have longstanding Prinzmetal Angina due to accidental OD on pseudoephedrine, will it be life long?

If I have longstanding Prinzmetal Angina due to accidental OD on pseudoephedrine, will it be life long?

Prinzmetal angina: Prinzmetal angina, or variant angina (spasm of coronary arteries) is a rare but chronic condition. The long term survival for PA is good for those patients who tolerate calcium channel blockers (CCB) and do not smoke. Poor prognosis would include those patients who smoke, have coronary atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries), an intolerance to CCB, and spasms of coronary artery. ...Read more

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Have postnasal drip after tonsillitis while travelling. Taking pseudoephedrine but lmtd. Expect pnd for how long? Extreme discomfort, can't sleep. Thx

Have postnasal drip after tonsillitis while travelling. Taking pseudoephedrine but lmtd. Expect pnd for how long? Extreme discomfort, can't sleep. Thx

Post-nasal drip: Post-nasal drip from a sinus infection commonly causes a sore throat (due the release of inflammatory chemicals from reactive white blood cells). Conversely, pn-drip from nasal allergies does not. You might want to have your ENT consider this possibility. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take claritin-d every day? Are there long term side effects and what does pseudoephedrine interact with, if anything?

Is it safe to take claritin-d every day? Are there long term side effects and what does pseudoephedrine interact with, if anything?

Allergies: In general, it it safe to take antihistamines everyday for allergies. Claritin-d includes the decongestant as you mentioned, and I tend to avoid that for people on a long term basis. It increases vasoconstriction and this has a variety of effects including more work for the heart and elevated blood pressure. There are other medications that can help with congestion. See ent/allergist. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pseudoephedrine (60mg/3x) to start working? Severely blocked ears due to head cold. For 4 days now, since 2nd day of cold.

How long does it take for pseudoephedrine (60mg/3x) to start working? Severely blocked ears due to head cold. For 4 days now, since 2nd day of cold.

Not enough: Adequate Treatment of viral common cold symptoms require not only decongestant (pseudoephedrine) but also antihistamine like benadryl (diphenhydramine) and anti-inflammatory medicine like aspirin. If these don't help in 3-5 days, the possibility of bacterial infection and thus antibiotic treatment should be considered ...Read more

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I took pseudoephedrine and body never re-adjusted from stim, vasoconstriction, fear, insomnia, what alpha-blocker would best counteract these effects?

I took pseudoephedrine and body never re-adjusted from stim, vasoconstriction, fear, insomnia, what alpha-blocker would best counteract these effects?

I think you: Should just let the effects of Pseudoephedrine wear off, instead of using yet another medication to block its effects. It should wear off in a day or two at most. ...Read more

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Long-term alternative to Pseudoephedrine? It's the only drug that helps stop sensation of clear phlegm/snot stuck in nose/PND no nasal discharge : (

ENT/Allergy: Evaluation is what you need, pseudoephedrine long or short acting isn't the answer, looking for a cause to fix would help you better, good luck ...Read more

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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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When was pseudoephedrine discovered? And by who?

When was pseudoephedrine discovered? And by who?

It is there: Pseudo-ephedrine occurs naturally as plant alkaloid It was synthesized early part of lost century by several chemists from B-ethoxy amines, like Spath, Gohring etc. It is illegal to use as sports enhancer, abuse is dangerous and lethal, easily converted to meth-amphetamine. Stay away ...Read more

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When was pseudoephedrine discovered? And by who?

About 1920.: Probably in about 1920 by Spath et al (http://pubs. Acs. Org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja01316a054). ...Read more

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What are some drugs that contain pseudoephedrine?

Pseudoephedrine: Depends on where you live but I would go to Drugs. Com and search as there are over 30 is my guess. Or go to your drug store and see under cold medications. In some areas they are locked up because can be used o make meth. ...Read more

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Is it normal the have a lower appetite while taking pseudoephedrine?

Is it normal the have a lower appetite while taking pseudoephedrine?

PsudoEphedrine: Sold as decongestion. Often hypes up many patients, fast heart beat, elevated bp, and as such an agent certainly could affect appetitive. Really should read side effects and contraindications on box. You had to sign for this med.? Why, druggies use it as base ingredient for met-ice methamphetamine. Older pts should avoid this decongestant. ...Read more

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How much OTC pseudoephedrine is considered an overdose and dangerous?

Above 240mg/24hr: Max dose of pseudoephrine recommended in 240mg/24hr- if taking above max dose is consider overdose. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of pseudoephedrine?

What are the side effects of pseudoephedrine?

Vasocontrictor: Pseudophedrine is a vasoconstrictor. This means it has the ability to temporarily narrow blood vessels. Taken orally this can cause dizziness, rapid heart rate (palpitations) or headache. ...Read more

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What are the effects of pseudoephedrine and alcohol combined?

Very buzzed: The sudafed is a stimulant the alcohol is a depressent. Depending on how much of each substance and your own personal body chemistry will determine the effects that you experience.

Btw - I would not recommend this. The alcoholic "energy drinks" do the same thing. ...Read more

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Does pseudoephedrine make you tired?

Does pseudoephedrine make you tired?

It shouldn't: Pseudoephedrine is in general a stimulant and should not make you tired. That being said there are people who have weird reactions to medication and you may be one of them who does get tired from this. ...Read more

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Can I take buscapan with pseudoephedrine?

Yes: Assuming you don't have any allergies or medical ailments that would prevent you from taking the individual medications, the two do not react or cause any concerning adverse interactions. ...Read more

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Can you take phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine?

Can you take phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine?

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. ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter products contain pseudoephedrine?

Too many: But if the end of the product has a -D on it, it likely has pseudoephedrine. Phenylnephrine may also be used as a decongestant but it is less effective than pseudoephedrine. ...Read more

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What are some cold medicines OTC that contain pseudoephedrine?

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). ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take phenylephrine with pseudoephedrine?

Not a good idea: Both of these otc drugs usually used for nasal congestion are almost identical. They are alpha-agonists and as such increase heart rate and blood pressure as side effects. Take one or the other, not both. ...Read more

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What will happen if I take 2 Coricidin and then 2 pseudoephedrine?

Nothing: So long you don't exceed recommended dosage and not contraindicated to take either medicine. However you didn't mention which Coridin formulation ...Read more