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Pseudoephedrine

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. Pseudoephedrine is therefore used in sinus and nasal congestion. It is sometimes also used to treat urinary or stress problems.

On using Pseudoephedrine you may experience side effects such as a dry mouth, headache, nausea, constipation, stomach upset, dizziness and drowsiness. Certain severe reactions include seizures, hallucinations, irregular or slow heartbeat and difficulty in breathing.

Before using Pseudoephedrine, 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 Pseudoephedrine 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. Should you suspect a drug overdose, seek medical attention right away. Symptoms of drug overdose include increasing blood pressure, breathing trouble and convulsions.

In addition to its intended effect, Pseudoephedrine may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Is It safe with alcohol?
Thermacold syrup may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
Thermacold syrup is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Human and animal studies have shown significant adverse effects on the foetus. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
Thermacold syrup 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 doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect kidney function?
This medicine should be used with caution in patients with underlying kidney disease. Please Consult your doctor.
Caution should be used in patients with renal impairment.
Does this affect liver function?
Use of this medicine should be avoided in patients with underlying liver disease.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Pseudoephedrine as ingredient
Abaris Healthcare
Leeford Healthcare Ltd
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Leeford Healthcare Ltd
SKN Organics
Kim Lab
Anglo-French Drugs & Industries Ltd
Legend Advanced Biomedicinals
Mac Laboratories Ltd
Symbiotic Drugs
Dew Drops Lab
Symbiotic Drugs
Dew Drops Lab
Rekvina Laboratories Ltd
West-Coast Pharmaceutical Works Ltd
Wens Drugs India Pvt Ltd
Shreya Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
Ajanta Pharma Ltd
Piritexyl Syrup
Jenburkt Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
What are you using Pseudoephedrine for?
common cold
allergies
Other
How much was the improvement?
Average
Excellent
Poor
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
Within 2 hours
More than 2 days
Within 2 days
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
Twice a day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Other
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Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.

Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am a 62 year old female. Since past 2-3 days I am feeling heaviness on both sides of my forehead (temple area) only when I bend down. The heaviness is ONLY when I bend, not otherwise. I do not feel dizziness, pain and I do not seem to have any cold or cough. I have blood pressure problem for which I take medication. Does this need any further investigation?

Doctor of Medicine
General Physician, Surat
I am a 62 year old female. Since past 2-3 days I am feeling heaviness on both sides of my forehead (temple area) only...
If the pain experience at the time of bending then the symptom could b due to sinusitis I would suggest to try Tab Loratadine with Pseudoephedrine three times in day if the symptoms persists then ct of brain is advisable
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What are the symptoms of cold and flu and how it can be treated as soon as possible.

MBBS
General Physician, Greater Noida
What are the symptoms of cold and flu and how it can be treated as soon as possible.
Hello lybrate-user symptoms of flu and common cold are almost same but flu has more severe symptoms than cold. Common cold respiratory tract infection caused by viruses most commonly rhinovirus. Symptoms are runny nose, stuffy nose, sore throat, sneezing, mild to moderate fever, cough, headache, mild body ache and fatigue. It is contagious first 2 to3days so stay home and rest. For symptomatic treatment you can take antihistamine like diphenhydramine, ebastine, pheniramine, cetrizine or levocetrizine. Decongestant that relieve nasal congestion are ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline, phenylephrine, xylometazoline. Pain killer ibuprofen, acetaminophen. Gargels with warm water and steam inhalation. Stay away from sick persons and avoid sharing their personal things. Wash hands with soap and water and maintain good hygiene. Flu caused by influenza a, b andc viruses. Season is spring and winter months. Symptoms are more severe like severe dry hacking cough, moderate to high fever, severe sore throat, severe body and muscle aches, headache, runny nose, and fatigue sometimes diarrhoea and vomiting. Treatment rest at home and drink plenty of fluids. Take symptomatic treatment. Doctor may prescribe some antiviral drugs like tamiflu, zanamivir. Immediately consult a doctor if you have fast breathing, high persistent fever, chest pain and cough with green mucus, bluish discoloration of skin, confusion and persistent vommiting.

Hi I m ashima dalour 25 years of age. From last 3 days I m suffering from cold, fever and body pain. I want to know is this can be a symptoms of dengue?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
Hi I m ashima dalour 25 years of age. From last 3 days I m suffering from cold, fever and body pain. I want to know i...
Symptoms of dengue fever are high grade fever,headache,skin rashes,pain behind the eyes.bleed may be from nose,gum,ear or skin rashes. Take tab. sinarest it contains ( Acetaminophen+ Pseudoephedrine+ chlorpheniramine). Acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and pseudoephedrine is a combination medicine for throat infection and treat headache, fever, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and sinus congestion caused by allergies, the common cold, or the flu. Nebulized with normal saline water. Do gargle with warm water thrice a day. Drink warm water also. Take plenty of water, liquid diet, dalia, green veg., orange. avoid cold things, avoid cold drinks. Avoid Oily foods. If symptoms are from more days or again persist then do few tests for confirm causes of it.. i.e. CBC. NS1. welcome in lybrate.

Hello sir, I fell so tired from last 2-3 days or had cough, cold and headache. What should i do?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
Hello sir, I fell so tired from last 2-3 days or had cough, cold and headache. What should i do?
Take tab. sinarest it contains ( Acetaminophen+ Pseudoephedrine+ chlorpheniramine). Acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and pseudoephedrine is a combination medicine for throat infection and treat headache, fever, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and sinus congestion caused by allergies, the common cold, or the flu. Do gargle with warm water thrice a day. Drink warm water also. Take plenty of water, liquid diet, dalia, green veg., orange. avoid cold things, avoid cold drinks. Avoid Oily foods. If symptoms are from more days or again persist then do few tests for confirm causes of it.. i.e. CBC. welcome in lybrate.

I had fever with cough and cold three days back. Fever has subsided now but I am. Having severe muscle pain in both my legs. I am not being able to walk. My leg muscle feels stiff and walking downstairs makes it difficult. Please help me.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
I had fever with cough and cold three days back. Fever has subsided now but I am. Having severe muscle pain in both m...
Take tab. sinarest it contains ( Acetaminophen+ Pseudoephedrine+ chlorpheniramine). Acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and pseudoephedrine is a combination medicine for throat infection and treat headache, fever, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and sinus congestion caused by allergies, the common cold, or the flu. Do gargle with warm water thrice a day. Drink warm water also. Take plenty of water, liquid diet, dalia, green veg., orange. avoid cold things, avoid cold drinks. Avoid Oily foods. If symptoms are from more days or again persist then do few tests for confirm causes of it.. i.e. CBC. welcome in lybrate.

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Reasons Behind Benign Prostate Hyperplasia!

M Ch Urology, MBBS, MS - Urology
Urologist, Kolhapur
Reasons Behind Benign Prostate Hyperplasia!

Benign Prostrate Hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition which results in the enlargement of the prostate gland. The prostrate grand is situated near the Urethra (a tube which helps flush out the urine from the bladder). Generally, the chance of developing BPH increases after one crosses the age of 50. But it is yet unknown as to why some men experience more severe symptoms than others.

Causes of BPH
This condition generally occurs because of old age and affects almost all men above the age of 75. It occurs because of the various hormonal changes and changes in cell growth that the body goes through, as one becomes old. Sometimes BPH can set in due to genetics. If BPH sets in due to genetically reasons, it usually is quite severe and affects men before they reach 60.

Symptoms of BPH
Quite a few men who develop BPH, experience no symptoms at all. But when symptoms of BPH, known as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUT) start, they can be either mild or very severe. The severity of the symptoms is not related to the extent of the enlargement. Many a times men with only a mild enlargement complain about severe symptoms, while men with a highly enlarged prostate gland have not complained about any discomfort faced. 

Symptoms of BPH tend to worsen due to cold weather and also because of physical and emotional overexertion. There are certain medicines, which should be avoided if you suffer from BPH, as they have a tendency to worsen your symptoms, for example diphenhydramine, pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline spray and other antidepressants.

The symptoms of BPH are related to bladder emptying and issues with bladder storage.

Symptoms related to the urine drainage from the bladder are:

  1. Strain while urinating
  2. Weak urine flow
  3. Some dribbling after urination
  4. Sudden urge to urinate
  5. Pain while urinating

Symptoms related to storage of urine in the bladder are:

  1. Waking during the night to urinate
  2. Urinating frequently during the day and at night
  3. Sudden urge to urinate, which may be hard to control

It however, has to be kept in mind that these symptoms may not primarily occur due to prostate enlargement, but are the result of other conditions like urinary tract infections, prostatitis, prostate cancer, neurological disorders and even diabetes. Thus, it is essential that you visit a doctor and get the cause for these symptoms diagnosed properly.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Healthy Penis Maintenance: 4 Not-So-Obvious Tips

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Healthy Penis Maintenance: 4 Not-So-Obvious Tips

There are a lot of healthy penis tips that may seem overly obvious - which doesn't mean one should ignore them, of course. Many of the most obvious ones, such as checking for STIs or practicing good penile hygiene, are the backbone of appropriate penis care. But there are some methods of ensuring a healthy penis which simply may not occur to a guy. That doesn't mean they shouldn't be followed, however.

Keep the teeth clean.

This is one of the most surprising pieces of advice: Pay very close attention to oral hygiene.

One may well ask why the state of one's teeth and gums should have any effect on an organ that is several feet away and not directly connected to the mouth.

Yet oral health can have an impact on penis health. Several studies have found a link between gum disease and erectile dysfunction. When teeth are not kept healthy, bacteria forms. The immune system attacks these bacteria, but some seep into the bloodstream. When too much of them build up in the blood, it can damage blood vessels and subsequently blood flow. And good blood vessels and blood flow are essential for proper penile functioning. So it's strongly advised to brush and floss properly every day.

Careful with the laptop.

Modern communications are a marvel which allow us to access tons of information just about anywhere. It's now a common sight to see guys sitting on trains, benches, sofas, etc. with a laptop cradled on their laps, tapping away for hours on end and reaping the benefits.

And also possibly reaping the detriments as well. Placing the laptop so close to the crotch may not be good for maintaining a healthy penis. A lot of heat occurs with long-term laptop use, and high levels of heat on the testicles can have a negative effect on both sperm creation and testosterone production. So, guys, keep the laptop on a table and off the crotch whenever possible.

Beware cold and allergy medicine.

No one particularly wants to have a cold or an allergy, but for men it's necessary to be careful about what one uses to treat these common ailments. Many over-the-counter medicines commonly used for colds and allergies include pseudoephedrine, which can have a negative effect on erectile function. (In fact, one of the treatments for priapism - a dangerously long-lasting erection - is pseudoephedrine.) If possible, men need to utilize treatments that do not contain this ingredient.

Kick butts.

This doesn't refer to getting into a brawl but to kicking the smoking habit. Smoking is simply bad for a person, period; one reason why this is so is that it does damage to the penis. Smoking is another factor in blood vessel damage, and a significant one. One study has shown that men who gave up smoking experienced a substantial boost in the number and quality of their erections in as little as 8 weeks.

In addition to these more obscure tips for a healthy penis, there's a very important obvious one: Regularly apply a superior penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) to the manhood. The appropriate crème will address many common penile health issues. For example, a crème with L-arginine helps with penile blood flow issues. L-arginine boosts nitric oxide production, which in turn plays a role in keeping those vessels healthy and open. In addition, a crème with a potent antioxidant such as alpha lipoic acid further aids in general penis health. Alpha lipoic acid fights harmful oxidative and aging processes in penile cells, keeping at bay the premature aging of those cells and improving the overall look of the organ. The simple step of applying Man1 Man Oil daily can enable a man to maintain a higher penile health profile with ease.

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Benign Prostrate Hyperplasia And Its Symptoms!

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCh - Urology
Urologist, Agra
Benign Prostrate Hyperplasia And Its Symptoms!

Benign Prostrate Hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition which results in the enlargement of the prostate gland. The prostrate grand is situated near the Urethra (a tube which helps flush out the urine from the bladder). Generally, the chance of developing BPH increases after one crosses the age of 50. But it is yet unknown as to why some men experience more severe symptoms than others.

Causes of BPH
This condition generally occurs because of old age and affects almost all men above the age of 75. It occurs because of the various hormonal changes and changes in cell growth that the body goes through, as one becomes old. Sometimes BPH can set in due to genetics. If BPH sets in due to genetically reasons, it usually is quite severe and affects men before they reach 60.

Symptoms of BPH
Quite a few men who develop BPH, experience no symptoms at all. But when symptoms of BPH, known as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUT) start, they can be either mild or very severe. The severity of the symptoms is not related to the extent of the enlargement. Many a times men with only a mild enlargement complain about severe symptoms, while men with a highly enlarged prostate gland have not complained about any discomfort faced. 

Symptoms of BPH tend to worsen due to cold weather and also because of physical and emotional overexertion. There are certain medicines, which should be avoided if you suffer from BPH, as they have a tendency to worsen your symptoms, for example diphenhydramine, pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline spray and other antidepressants.

The symptoms of BPH are related to bladder emptying and issues with bladder storage.

Symptoms related to the urine drainage from the bladder are:

  1. Strain while urinating
  2. Weak urine flow
  3. Some dribbling after urination
  4. Sudden urge to urinate
  5. Pain while urinating

Symptoms related to storage of urine in the bladder are:

  1. Waking during the night to urinate
  2. Urinating frequently during the day and at night
  3. Sudden urge to urinate, which may be hard to control

It however, has to be kept in mind that these symptoms may not primarily occur due to prostate enlargement, but are the result of other conditions like urinary tract infections, prostatitis, prostate cancer, neurological disorders and even diabetes. Thus, it is essential that you visit a doctor and get the cause for these symptoms diagnosed properly.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Benign Prostate Hyperplasia - Causes And Symptoms

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, M.Ch - Urology
Urologist, Bangalore
Benign Prostate Hyperplasia - Causes And Symptoms

Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition which results in the enlargement of the prostate gland. The Prostate gland is situated near the Urethra (a tube which helps flush out the urine from the bladder). Generally, the chance of developing BPH increases after one crosses the age of 50. But it is yet unknown as to why some men experience more severe symptoms than others.

Causes of BPH
This condition generally occurs because of old age and affects almost all men above the age of 75. It occurs because of the various hormonal changes and changes in cell growth that the body goes through, as one becomes old. Sometimes BPH can set in due to genetics. If BPH sets in due to genetically reasons, it usually is quite severe and affects men before they reach 60.

Symptoms of BPH
Quite a few men who develop BPH, experience no symptoms at all. But when symptoms of BPH, known as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUT) start, they can be either mild or very severe. The severity of the symptoms is not related to the extent of the enlargement. Many a times men with only a mild enlargement complain about severe symptoms, while men with a highly enlarged prostate gland have not complained about any discomfort faced. 

Symptoms of BPH tend to worsen due to cold weather and also because of physical and emotional overexertion. There are certain medicines, which should be avoided if you suffer from BPH, as they have a tendency to worsen your symptoms, for example diphenhydramine, pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline spray and other antidepressants.

The symptoms of BPH are related to bladder emptying and issues with bladder storage.

Symptoms related to the urine drainage from the bladder are:

  1. Strain while urinating
  2. Weak urine flow
  3. Some dribbling after urination
  4. Sudden urge to urinate
  5. Pain while urinating

Symptoms related to storage of urine in the bladder are:

  1. Waking during the night to urinate
  2. Urinating frequently during the day and at night
  3. Sudden urge to urinate, which may be hard to control

It however, has to be kept in mind that these symptoms may not primarily occur due to prostate enlargement, but are the result of other conditions like urinary tract infections, prostatitis, prostate cancer, neurological disorders and even diabetes. Thus, it is essential that you visit a doctor and get the cause for these symptoms diagnosed properly.

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Alcohol - How It Can Induce Sleep Disorders?

M.D Psychiatry , MBBS
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
Alcohol - How It Can Induce Sleep Disorders?

Sleep disorders are often associated with substance abuse. The problems in sleep arise as a result of direct effects of a particular substance. Substance induced sleep disorders can be caused by many drugs, regardless of whether or not the substance is medically prescribed, legal or socially acceptable. It can also be caused due to alcohol abuse.

If you experience problems in sleep on not having resorted to any substance or even if you are trying to quit, it is called ‘withdrawal’. The severity of the sleep disorder depends on the type of substance used, and not much on whether or not the drug is illegal. A number of prescription as well as non-prescription drugs are capable of causing sleep disorders. However, the severity of the sleep disorders tends to vary among individuals.

Problems in sleep that can be caused due to prescription drugs such as:

  1. Hormonal drugs e.g. oral contraceptives
  2. Drugs for high blood pressure e.g. beta blockers
  3. Inhalable respiratory drugs
  4. Steroids, such as prednisone
  5. Medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  6. Diet pills
  7. Seizure medications
  8. Some antidepressants

Non-prescription drugs that can cause problems in sleep:

  1. Medications along with caffeine: These may include many cold and cough medications.
  2. Pseudoephedrine
  3. Illegal drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines as well as methamphetamines.
  4. Nicotine is capable of disrupting sleep and reducing the total sleep time.

Alcohol is often regarded to be a calming drug or a sedative. While alcohol is capable of inducing sleep, the quality of sleep tends to be fragmented during the second half of the sleeping period. Consumption of alcohol usually tends to increase the number of times you wake during the latter part of the sleep. This is because the relaxing effect of alcohol wears off eventually. Alcohol tends to keep you in the lighter sleep stages more and thus, is at fault of not inducing the much required deep sleep.

If you consume alcohol just before you go to bed, the sleep inducing capacity might decrease as the effects that are disruptive continue to increase. The alcohol induced sleep disorders may lead to sleepiness and fatigue during the daytime. With age, these problems tend to grow in severity. Consumption of alcohol before bedtime, among the elderly, might lead to unsteadiness while walking with a higher risk of injuries and falls. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a psychiatrist.

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Table of Content

About Pseudoephedrine
When is Pseudoephedrine prescribed?
What are the side effects of Pseudoephedrine?
Key highlights of Pseudoephedrine
Medicines containing Pseudoephedrine
What are the interactions for Pseudoephedrine?