Sudafed

Generic Name: Pseudoephedrine HCl

  • Other names:

    Sudafed Congestion, Sudafed 12 Hour, Sudafed 24 Hour
  • What is this medication?

    Sudafed contains a nasal decongestant. It is intended to temporarily relieve sinus congestion and pressure. It is also intended to temporarily relieve nasal congestion due to the the common cold, hay fever, and other upper respiratory allergies. Sudafed 24 Hour is also intended to reduce the swelling of nasal passages.
  • Are there any warnings associated with Sudafed?

    Do not use this product if you are now taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), or for 2 weeks after stopping the MAOI drug. MAOIs are sometimes used for treating Parkinson's disease, depression, and other emotional or psychiatric conditions.

    Stop using this product and talk to a doctor if nervousness, dizziness, or sleeplessness occurs.

    Stop using this product and talk to a doctor if your symptoms do not improve within 7 days or occur with a fever.

    If you are taking Sudafed 24 Hour, also stop taking this product and ask a doctor if you experience persistent abdominal pain or vomiting.

    Do not use Sudafed Congestion in children under the age of 6.

    Do not use Sudafed 12 Hour or Sudafed 24 Hour in children under the age of 12.

    Keep this product out of the reach of children. In case of an overdose, get medical help or contact a poison control center immediately.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before taking Sudafed?

    If you are unsure if a medication you are taking contains an MAOI, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product.

    Talk to your doctor before using Sudafed if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, diabetes, or trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland.

    Talk to a doctor before using Sudafed 24 Hour if you have had an obstruction or narrowing of the bowel. Rarely tablets of this kind may cause a bowel obstruction (blockage), usually in people with a severe narrowing of the bowel (esophagus, stomach, or intestine).

    Ask a health professional before using this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

  • What are the possible side effects of Sudafed?

    If you are taking Sudafed 24 Hour, tablets of this kind may cause a bowel obstruction, usually in people with a severe narrowing of the bowel (esophagus, stomach, or intestine).

    Side effects cannot always be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

  • What should I avoid while taking Sudafed?

    Do not take more of these products than directed.

    Do not use Sudafed Congestion in children under the age of 6.

    Do not use Sudafed 12 Hour or Sudafed 24 Hour in children under the age of 12.

    Do not divide, crush, chew, or dissolve the Sudafed 24 Hour tablet.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with Sudafed?

    If Sudafed is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining this product with any other medication.
  • What is the usual dosage of Sudafed?

    Sudafed Congestion:

    Adults and children 12 years: Take two 30-milligram (mg) tablets every 4 to 6 hours. Do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours.

    Children 6-11:

    Take1 tablet every 4 to 6 hours. Do not take more than 4 tablets in 24 hours.

    Children <6: Do not use.

    Sudafed 12 Hour:

    Adults and children 12 years: Take one 120-mg tablet every 12 hours. Do not take more than 2 tablets in 24 hours.

    Children <12: Do not use.

    Sudafed 24 Hour:

    Adults and children 12 years: Swallow one whole 240-mg tablet with water every 24 hours. Do not exceed one tablet in 24 hours. Do not divide, crush, chew, or dissolve the tablet.

    Children <12: Do not use.

  • How should I store Sudafed?

    Store Sudafed Congestion at room temperature. Store Sudafed 12 Hour and Sudafed 24 Hour at room temperature in a dry place. Protect Sudafed 12 Hour from light.