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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...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.

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I have been taking cetirizine and pseudoephedrine recently im having trouble sleeping, will this be why?

I have been taking cetirizine and pseudoephedrine recently im having trouble sleeping, will this be why?

Probably both: Both Cetirizine and pseudophed can affect sleep. Cetrizine can be sedating and pseudophed is a stimulant so it can make falling asleep challenging.

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Any natural decongestants? Sudafed causes insomnia. Flonase seems ineffective. Congestion affects sleep.

Any natural decongestants? Sudafed causes insomnia. Flonase seems ineffective. Congestion affects sleep.

Better medications: There are better medications to control nasal congestion, such as nasal antihistamines combined with nasal steroids. Please consult an allergist for good advice on controlling your symptoms.

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I am taking 24 hr Zerteck, 12hr Sudafed at night. Is is ok to take 5 mg of Ambien (zolpidem) if I cannot sleep?

I am taking 24 hr Zerteck, 12hr Sudafed at night. Is is ok to take 5 mg of Ambien (zolpidem) if I cannot sleep?

Stop the sudafed: First stop the Sudafed and see if you sleep better. Give it a few days. It is best to avoid those things that cause sleep disturbance rather than to take sleep medications.

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I'm currently living in Paraguay and I take Zyrtec and Flonase everyday for allergies. This week I added a pill with Sudafed and Claritin in it to clear up extra sinus trouble from a cold, but now I'm having stomachaches and trouble sleeping. Is the pseud

I'm currently living in Paraguay and I take Zyrtec and Flonase everyday for allergies. This week I added a pill with Sudafed and Claritin in it to clear up extra sinus trouble from a cold, but now I'm having stomachaches and trouble sleeping. Is the pseud

Pseudoephe: Insomnia is a common side effect from pseudoephedrine and I have not recommended it use for at least a decade. Be sure to aim the Flonase towards the sides of the nose and not in the center and see if this works better. If not, time to see a doctor to see if you may have a sinus infection.

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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.

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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.

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How do I get over pseudoephedrine withdrawal?

How do I get over pseudoephedrine withdrawal?

Pro Help: Difficult problem. You may need professional help. Http://lighthouserecoveryinstitute. Com/types-of-addiction/pseudoephedrine-addiction/

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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.

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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.

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What flue drugs dose not have pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir): But seriously, just read the label. Don't forget zn tablets.

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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.

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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.

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How effective is alegra-d work compared to OTC decongestants like pseudoephedrine?

How effective is alegra-d work compared to OTC decongestants like pseudoephedrine?

Different medicines: Allegra (fexofenadine) - d is an antihistamine with a decongestant (d) which is pseudophed. The allergra part treats the itchy sneezy symptoms while the decongestant part works as a decongestant.

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Can I take the pseudoephedrine that is behind the pharmacy counter, or is that too strong of a dose?

Yes: Most pharmacies in most states now keep products containing Pseudoephedrine behind the counter but it is still an over the counter medication that does not require a prescription. It is hidden so it can not be purchased in large quantities by drug dealers who chemically alter it it to manufacture and sell illegal methamphetamine.

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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.

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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, that's it.

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Thoughts? Could pseudoephedrine mixed with household items and shaken in a bottle cure my constipation?

Thoughts? Could pseudoephedrine mixed with household items and shaken in a bottle cure my constipation?

STOP NOW: If you have constipation, the best first steps are increasing your intake of high-fiber foods and drinking plenty of water. This will get your GI tract back in motion in most cases. If not, you should be seen by your pcp for evaluation of chronic constipation. You may have a special condition of your bowel which needs a specific diet or medication. Please do not use household chemicals.

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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!

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