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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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Pseudoephedrine (Definition)

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


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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

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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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Is there a difference between Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and pseudoephedrine?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Sudafed: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine (blocks the histamine receptor) and sudafed is a decongestant. Basically sudafed grabs a hold of the blood vessels and squeezes them down for a period of time. Hence the reason that rebound congestion and high blood pressure are attributed to this medicine. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and amphetamine?

They are both: Psychostimulants. Ephedrine's effects are less potent but last longer than amphetamine. ...Read more

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Ephedrine Sulfate (Definition)

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