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What does sudafed show up as in a drug test I take sinus medicine and just had a drug test and wanted to know how it shows in a drug test

What does sudafed show up as in a drug test I take sinus medicine and just had a drug test and wanted to know how it shows in a drug test

Amphetamine: The molecules are very similar, and screening tests will often come back positive for amphetamine with pseudephedrine and similar drugs. A confirmatory test should be done with any positive, and will distinguish between the two. ...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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Can one overdose on sudafed?

Can one overdose on sudafed?

Yes: It causes high blood pressure, rapid heary rate, and could induce a heart attack or stroke. ...Read more

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Can Sudafed be prescribed for treatment of hypotension?

Sudafed: Good question. Not really as it has other side effects. Make sure you drink lots of uncaff fluids and check with your doctor ...Read more

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Ear & head pain on left side. Doc said fluid in ears. Antibiotics didn't work. Sudafed helped but ten days later pain by temple. Keep taking sudafed?

Ear & head pain on left side. Doc said fluid in ears. Antibiotics didn't work. Sudafed helped but ten days later pain by temple. Keep taking sudafed?

Need otoscope exam: You need an otoscopic exam of your left ear. If negative, I would consider brain mri. You can possible have acoustic neuroma (benign brain tumor), temporal arthritis, or mastoiditis. If negative mri, you need a sed rate to consider temporal arthritis. ...Read more

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Can I safely take sudafed pe with celexa (citalopram) and valum?

Can I safely take sudafed pe with celexa (citalopram) and valum?

No interactions: There are no interactions between sudafed phenylephrine, Celexa (citalopram) and valium. Be careful of excessive sedation. Sudafed cough and cold has dextromethoraphan which does have a theoretical interaction with celexa (citalopram). ...Read more

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I took a dose of sudafed earlier this afternoon, would it be dangerous to take 20mg of ritalin (methylphenidate) now? It has been 7 hours.

Both pseudoephedrine: (some preps last 12 hours) and methylphenidate can increase blood pressure and heart rate, and combining them may enhance these effects. Talk to your doctor before using these medications, especially if you have a history of high blood pressure or heart disease. Best to wait until tomorrow to take your ritalin. Best regards. ...Read more

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Can you take zyrtec, (cetirizine) sudafed, flovent in morning and then take promethazine and tramadol in evening?

Can you take zyrtec, (cetirizine) sudafed, flovent in morning and then take promethazine and tramadol in evening?

Treating symptoms: The question should be why do I need all of these med to start with.

What is giving me the allergies?

Is it food, I surly could be, is it toxicity from heavy metals solvents of other poisons? Could be.
You need to find a doctor who will look into the toxic causes rather than load you with medication for the symptoms. ...Read more

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Side effects of sudafed?

Many: Possible side effects include fast or irregular heart beats, tremor, restlessness, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, feeling nervous, high blood pressure, and more. ...Read more

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How long does it take for sudafed or codeine to get out of your system. I have to do a urine test and I have been sick. Will I test positive.

How long does it take for sudafed or codeine to get out of your system. I have to do a urine test and I have been sick. Will I test positive.

Depending: On how long you used it and how much probably 3-4 days. Couldn't you take a letter from your doc stating you had a prescription to use them?? ...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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What would be symptoms ofa bad reaction to methadone or interaction of it with cipro (ciprofloxacin) or cymbalta or sudafed?

What would be symptoms ofa bad reaction to methadone or interaction of it with cipro (ciprofloxacin) or cymbalta or sudafed?

Methadone interactio: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Methadone together cause problems with cardiac arrhythmias prolonging what's called the qt interval. If you're on this combination then monitoring with an ekg would be a good idea. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can increase Cymbalta levels. If you are already having side effects from the cymbalta, these will increase. Cymbalta and Methadone together can very rarely cause serotonin syndrome. I would recommend the google that so you know what the symptoms are. There's not enough space here to allow me to write those all out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What happens when you mix sudafed and budesonide?

Budesonide& sudafed: Nothing untoward will happen if you take them together in the prescribed doses as recommended
budesonide is an inhaled steroid used to control bronchial asthma and sudafed is available over the counter (sudaephedrine)and it a decongestant often used alone or in combination with antihistamines. ...Read more

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How much sudafed can I take without overdosing on it?

How much sudafed can I take without overdosing on it?

Sudafed overdose: Sudafed overdose can cause seizures, hallucinations, high blood pressure, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, difficulty in breathing and restlessness. Maximum recommended dose for adults over 24 hours is 240 mgm.
Only tests done are ekg, CBC and metabolic panel and urine analysis. But diagnosis is made by history of ingestion and physical exam.
Labs help in treatment planning, IV fluids and supportive. ...Read more

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What meds reduce sympathetic or increase parasympathetic nervous system? My system is way out of whack after many illness & horrid reaction to sudafed

Sorry, you lost me: Your autonomic system doesn't just sit there. Its activity constantly changes from moment to moment. Please repost & explain what you think you mean by "way out of whack." Also, unfortunately, "horrid reaction to sudafed" is useless as pt history. Finally, please explain why you imagine that your sympathetic nervous system needs reduction & your parasympathetic increasing. Why not the opposite? ...Read more

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What is sudafed used for?

Decongestant: It is frequently used as a decongestant. ...Read more

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Can one overdose on sudafed?

Yes: It causes high blood pressure, rapid heary rate, and could induce a heart attack or stroke. ...Read more

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Why is sudafed a wanted drug?

Why is sudafed a wanted drug?

Sudafed: Sudafed is a great drug that works as a potent oral decongestant, making it great for colds, allergies and the like. It has been available over-the-counter for years, but in recent times, illicit drugs can be made from using sudafed as one of the ingredients. Now, in many states, sudafed is controlled and requires a special prescription or it is closely maintained in pharmacies under lock & key. ...Read more

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What is the overdose for sudafed?

What is the overdose for sudafed?

See details: An overdose is defined as taking more than the recommended daily dose od a medication. Read the label and that should tell you. ...Read more

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How many sudafed can I take at a time?

One: If you are talking about adult dose, it should be no more than what's recommended in the instructions. For short-acting ones, up to 4x daily, for long-acting 120 mg every 12 hrs. ...Read more

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Would taking 720mg of sudafed be harmful?

Possibly: That is 3 times the recommended daily maximum. Pseudoephedrine can cause elevated BP and arrhythmias so taking that much is certainly not advisable. ...Read more

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What happens if you take sudafed everyday?

Not: Good, and not indicated in package insert. It could cause havoc with your blood pressure among other things.! ...Read more

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What is the dose for a 128lb person for sudafed?

Range: Assuming you mean "real" sudafed (=pseudoephedrine), 30 or 60mg up to 4 times daily. If you mean the "pe" junk, don't bother to take it--will have about the same effect as taking it. ...Read more

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60 mg sudafed before and exercise bad for you?

Probably OK: It can raise blood pressure, so if have way to check it, would know for sure--otherwise, if not hypertensive (not being treated), probably ok. ...Read more

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Sudafed only halfway working, what else can I do?

Nasal steroid spray: Greetings. Sudafed is an excellent decongestant but if you still are having troubles, first use NeilMed sinus rinse. This helps to remove the thick mucus from your nasal passages. Wait 5-10 minutes then spray OTC Nasacort/Flonase into your nose. This medication will add to the sudafed. If that doesn't help see your ENT for an examination. Turbinate enlargement, infection, polyps or allergy work up ...Read more

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How long does it take for sudafed to start working?

About 30 minutes: Usually starts in 30 minutes and lasts about 8 hours depending on the dose. ...Read more