Sudafed Cold & Cough

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Beware of pseudoephedrine if you have a heart condition

Nov 30, 2000
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Pros:works well if you don't have a heart condition

Cons:beware if you have a heart condition

Disclaimer: This review is going in the Sudafed category because there is no 'cold medicine' category and Sudafed is one of the medications this review will refer to.

I am a nurse and I have a heart condition that predisposes me to tachycardia (fast heart beats.) People who have heart problems should NOT take any medication containing pseudoepedrine, which is in Sudafed.

Unfortunately, pseudoephedrine is in many cold medicines, decongestants and diet pills. In many people, this medication can act as a stimulant, causing a fast heart rate. Patients who have heart problems may not be able to take the added stress to their heart. This can cause all sorts of problems, low blood pressure, shortness of breath, dizziness, lightheadedness and even death.

Many health care providers fail to warn their patients about this. Most providers who care for patients with cardiac problems think more about treating the heart condition, and forget to mention this. Patients get sick, take Sudafed, and some can end up in the hospital with some serious problems.

Don't get me wrong- not everyone will die from taking cold medicine. If you have a heart condition, check with your health care provider before taking ANY over the counter medication, especially cold medication. Your life is too important.

So, what if you have a cold and can't take cold medicine? Welcome to the club. Rest, handwashing, saline nose drops, Kleenex and good old chicken soup. :) You'll get over it soon.



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