Sudafed Nasal Decongestant 48 Tablets

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Aug 21, 2000 (Updated Aug 21, 2000)
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Pros:Works quickly, works well, lasts long.

Cons:Can make you hyper!

This is my miracle cure for a stuffy nose...which is my most common ailment. This stuff works like a charm!


Sudafed Nasal Decongestant is just that. However, I've found it to work significantly better than other shelf medications. It's a non-drowsy formula, maximum strength clearer-upper.


Main Ingredient

The main ingredient is pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride.


How it works...

When you start getting stuff or sniffly, take two of these tiny red pills. If it works for you like it works for me, within 15 minutes you'll probably start being able to breathe again. So, I'd say it works rather quickly for me.

The box says to take one or two pills every 4 to 6 hours. I take two every 4 hours, and it doesn't wear off or weaken a bit. Sometimes just two pills will keep me going all day. It depends how stuffed you are, and if it's due to a cold or not. Obviously you'll want to take them regularly if you're fighting off a cold.


Take-ability...

The pills are very small, so they're a pleasure to swallow. They're also coated to give a pleasant Advil-like taste. No chalky meltdown in your mouth.


What to take it for...
It's great for stuffed noses and runny noses. It'll clear and dry everything up quickly. It's my winter wonder pill.


Dosages...

Again, the usual dosage is two tablets every 4 to 6 hours. You can alter it to fit your needs, as long as you don't exceed four doses in 24 hours.


Dangers, Side Effects and Whatnot

These pills are meant to be non-drowsy, which holds true for me. In fact, the pills tend to make me hyper. Some people I know do just the opposite; these things put them to sleep. Most likely, you'll find Sudafed to keep you awake if anything.

A quick note about side effects from my experiences...
When I was younger, I took these pills when I was very sick with a high fever. Since they make me hyper, I was in a state of wake-dreaming if that's even a term. I was extremely tired and weak, but the pills were fighting to keep me conscious. So, I ended up hallucinating for a few hours until they wore off. In fact, I saw the Civil War reenacted in my living room. My point...be careful with high fevers and this medication.

Also, I used to get heart palpitations from Sudafed. Nothing too dangerous, but they would make me so hyper that my heart would race for about 30 minutes after taking the medication.

Here's the big interaction warning:

MAO Inhibitors

It's weird, because I take an MAOI, and I never thought to check the warnings before. I haven't had any obvious reactions, but it pays to read the box, eh?

As with all medications, you'll find a list of warnings on the box that seem to comply with every medication on the shelves. Warnings about pregnancy, overdoses and more familiar ones. So, if you're unsure about anything, consult your doctor.

Most noticeable with Sudafed:

1. Hyperactivity
2. Nervousness*
3. Sleeplessness*

*The label recommends you discontinue use if these occur.



Overall...

Sudafed is an effective medication that works quickly and can last all day. It's easy to swallow, and it won't put you to sleep. I definitely recommend this for all of your nasal needs!



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