When I was an undergraduate student (1), there were two things for certain if you had to go to the health center. If you were female, the first question would be, "could you be pregnant?" Secondly, no matter what was wrong with you - be it a cold, flu, or a limb hanging off your body by a thread the treatment was always the same - a package of Sudafed.
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Since that time, Sudafed is something my medicine cabinet is never without. Even though I'll admit that today I only by the name brand if there is a very good coupon. I can get the same active ingredient: 30 mg of Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride in all the generic brands. But like the rest of you, I'm sure we call it all Sudafed.
I'm one of these folks that aspirin can make me tired; I love the non-drowsy affect of Sudafed. Unlike Actifed that lends itself to a nap, I can spend the day running around about thirty minutes after the drug hits my system. If really does make a difference. Of course, being a decongestant it will dry me up if I don't take tons of water with it. Otherwise, I've never noticed any other side affects.
Directions for use are easy - take 2 tablets (one if a child 6-12) every four to six hours. According to the Sudafed home page there are many reasons for taking the drug:
For the temporary relief of nasal congestion due to the common cold, hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies and nasal congestion associated with sinusitis. (2)
I do miss the days of Sudafed being sold in bottles, now it only seems available in blister packs of 24, 48, and 96. The store brands are also sold like that. I have no idea of the reasoning behind it - to me it just creates more packaging. I can see the argument that it is more tamper-resistant but personally I would love to see it sold in bottles with less packaging.
When we were taking Scuba lessons, even though PADI (one of the certification groups out there) didn't recommend it, I know everyone in class and on every dive boat we went on, Sudafed was all over. Many folks, us included, would take two about 30-45 minutes before hitting the water. It was a great way to help equalize ear pressure more quickly and get to spend more of the time under water looking at the fishes and not blowing air through your ears.
On the same subject, equalization, but going upwards - we always have Sudafed handy when we travel by air. You do NOT want to fly with an ear infection, and this is not what Sudafed prevents. However, if you have a slight cold, taking Sudafed before the flight SEEMS to decrease the possibility of a sinus infection. I'm basing this one five flight my hubby has taken with a slight cold (he's taken many more than that). The three he took Sudafed before the flight, he had no problems. The two I hadn't packed the drugs, he got horrible sinus infections that took a week to clear up.
You SHOULD check with your doctor before taking Sudafed if you are pregnant or nursing. My doctor had no problems with me taking a minimal dose of Sudafed while pregnant; however, your doctor may feel differently. So as with any drug consult with the physician first.
No medicine is a miracle drug, it can only relieve symptoms - but Sudafed has worked wonderfully for me in the past and know it will continue to in the future. Though I think the health center at school was wrong - dangling limbs wouldn't be helped by Sudafed.
(1) University of Evansville, my previous epinion doesn't mention the health center
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