Prescription vs OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Pseudoephedrine belongs to a class of drugs known as nasal decongestant. It is used in the treatment of common cold, allergies, hay fever and flu. It provides relief to the nasal passage by shrinking the blood vessels. This medicine is therefore used in sinus and nasal congestion. It is sometimes also used to treat urinary or stress problems.

Before using this medicine, have a word with your doctor and tell him/her if you have a history of heart, diabetes or thyroid disorders or high blood pressure. Also, tell your doctor if you’re pregnant, are planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding a baby.

The dosage for this medication should ideally be prescribed by your doctor. The medication comes in a tablet and solution form. Usually, the dosage for adults is 30-60 mg (tablet or solution) every 4-6 hours. Symptoms of drug overdose include increased blood pressure, breathing trouble and convulsions.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Pulmonologist before using this medicine.

The medication can treat the below provided problems:

A patient can suffer from the following side effects:

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    This medication may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    This medication is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    This medication is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    There is no data available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    This medicine should be used with caution in patients with underlying kidney disease.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    Use of this medicine should be avoided in patients with underlying liver disease.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Pseudoephedrine as ingredient

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This medication works on alpha adrenergic receptors to a great extent and alpha adrenergic receptors to a lesser extent. This drug stimulates beta2-adrenergic receptors and de-stresses bronchial smooth muscle, thereby ameliorating the symptoms of nasal/sinus congestion.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    This medicine interacts with the following medicines which include cardiac glycosides, quinidine, volatile anaesthetics and tricyclic antidepressants.

Ques: What is Pseudoephedrine?

Ans: This medicine belongs to a class of drugs known as nasal decongestant.

Ques: How long do I need to use Pseudoephedrine before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: This medication is to be taken till the time you see an improvement in your health conditions.

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Pseudoephedrine?

Ans: This medication should be taken in the dosage as prescribed by the doctor.

Ques: Should I use Pseudoephedrine empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication should be taken after food in a prescribed dosage.

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Pseudoephedrine?

Ans: This medication should be kept in a cool dry place and in its original packaging. Make sure this medication remains unreachable to children and pets.
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Table of Content
About Pseudoephedrine
What are the uses of Pseudoephedrine
What are the contraindications of Pseudoephedrine ?
What are the side effects of Pseudoephedrine ?
Key highlights of Pseudoephedrine
What are the dosage instructions?
Medicines containing Pseudoephedrine
How does this medication work?
What are the interactions of Pseudoephedrine ?
FAQs about Pseudoephedrine