Pros: Helped ear pain, makes me drowsy so I can sleep when taken at night.
Cons: None for me.
Last Friday I started coming down with something, which I suspected was the flu. I had a low grade fever, sore throat, headache and body aches. I got started on antibiotics, as it was suspected that it had turned into bronchitis and double ear infections. I was not given anything for my ear pain, however.
When I went to bed last evening, my right ear hurt so bad, and the glands in my neck on the right side were very sore and swollen, making it hurt to even swallow. Every time I swallowed, it felt like my ear was going to explode. I truly was fearful of waking up with a burst eardrum, it was that bad.
I remembered many years ago when I had an ear infection that the doctor told me to take a double dose of Sudafed, that it was the same dosage as prescription strength. I came downstairs at 11 pm and looked in our medicine cabinet, and found a box of Sudafed Sinus Nighttime, Maximum Strength, and luckily for me there were two pills left.
Sudafed Sinus Nighttime comes in a purple box, and claims to relieve:
* Sinus and nasal congestion
* Sinus pressure
* Runny nose
* Itching of the throat and nose
* Itchy, watery eyes
It contains 60 mg of pseudoephedrine, which is a nasal decongestant, and 2.5 mg of triprolidine, which is an antihistamine. (Earlier on Friday when I woke up sick, I went to my pharmacy and asked the pharmacist what I should take for post nasal drip, which I felt was causing my sore throat, and he said an antihistamine would help dry me out).
The box contains 12 small white tablets, which are incredibly easy to swallow, even with a raw throat. I took one tablet, which is the adult dosage, and a few Advil and went to bed. It took a while for me to get to sleep due to the pain, but when I woke up at 4 am this morning, my ear pain was GONE. Boy was I relieved!
I didn't have all of the other symptoms associated with the upper respiratory conditions, but this product did a great job of helping to relieve the pressure and probably the fluid in my ears. I took the last pill this morning, and will be headed to the store to get some more.
There are some warnings on the box, such as it could cause drowsiness (a great thing when taken at bed time!), you should not mix this with alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers, and could cause dizziness, nervousness or sleeplessness. I felt it did help me to eventually get to sleep, I just had to get past the pain in my right ear.
Sudafed also comes in a 12 Hour formula, which contains double the amount of pseudoephedrine (120 mg), but that can no longer be purchased over the counter, you have to pick it up at the pharmacy and sign for it, giving your drivers license (at least in Alaska). This is because the active ingredient is a precursor chemical for methamphetamine, and drug dealers making meth use the ingredients found in Sudafed. If you find yourself looking for the full strength Sudafed and there are no pharmacies open, I would highly recommend Sudafed Sinus Nighttime. It truly helped me immensely last night with my sore throat and extremely painful ear.