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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
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
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
Wrong choice: No clinical difference in the decongestant effect. But the effect is due to vasoconstriction of the blood vessels in sinuses and nose, which is followed by rebound worsening of congestion and systemic side-effects including hyertension, tremors, anxiety, even stroke. For nasal congestion, one should use an inhaled steroid, eg, Flonase (fluticasone nasal) spray; it treats sinuses and nose better. ...Read more
Would not: Pseudo Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) can have a stimulant effect both raising your blood pressure as well as increasing your pulse. As a young otherwise healthy individual these effects may be marginal but I would still recommend not taking the medication prior to natural physical stimulation. ...Read more
Yes, if dr. RX: Antihistamines with decongestants are not usually recommended in children because they are ineffective in conditions for which they are usually used. Occasionally, Pediatrician or ENT might RX for a limited time. Indiscriminate use might be harmful in children. If your baby has allergies, Loratadine alone might be useful ...Read more
How many days in a row can I take pseudoephedrine without getting a risk of rebound congestion? .
No rebound: One should not get a rebound reaction from oral pseudoephedrine although the original congestion will return when the effect wears out. If you have high BP, this may not be a good choice for you. If you have allergic nasal symptoms, a nasal steroid will work better without the BP or cardiac (fast heart beats) effect. ...Read more
Do any medications exacerbate Mass Cell Activation Syndrome? Can any meds actually CAUSE it? Pseudoephedrine maybe?
Yes: NASIDs, opioids, and alcohol can all do it. Attached is a response from expert:There are precautions with the ingestion of narcotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and alcohol with underlying mast cell disorders. These precautions are not contraindications and risk and benefits have to always be discussed and considered in clinical management. Reactions to these substances ...Read more
I took Pseudoephedrine (2 - 30mg pills) and 10 mg Phenylephrine together. I am a 26 year old male, 280 lbs. Should I be concerned?
Yes, some!: I think you will be alright but avoid mixing drugs which have similar effects on your body...their effect then adds up and can be risky. Just do not do it anymore. ...Read more
I took 10mg of phenylephrine a little over an hour ago. It's not helping. Can I take 30mg tablet of pseudoephedrine or do I have to wait a full 4hrs?
Are you doctor?: You took prescribed medication. Was it prescribed to you? What are you trying to treat? My strong advise is not to take medications that were not prescribed to you. What is good for one may be poison for another one. See your doctor and get qualified help. ...Read more
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
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