Sudafed PE Congestion

Generic Name: Phenylephrine HCl

  • What is this medication?

    Sudafed PE Congestion is intended for temporary relief of nasal congestion caused by the common cold, hay fever and other allergies that affect the upper respiratory system. It is also used for temporary relief from pressure and congestion in the sinuses.
  • Are there any warnings associated with this medication?

    Do not use Sudafed PE Congestion if you are taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or have taken one in the past two weeks. MAOIs are sometimes used for treating Parkinson's disease, depression, and other emotional or psychiatric conditions.

    Do not use more than the recommended dose of this product. Do not use this product for children under 12 years of age. Do not take more than 6 tablets in 24 hours.

    Stop using Sudafed PE Congestion and talk to a doctor if you have nervousness, sleeplessness, or dizziness. Also stop using this product and talk to a doctor if your symptoms occur with a fever or they don't get better within 7 days.

    Keep Sudafed PE Congestion out of the reach of children. In the event of an overdose, obtain medical help or contact a poison control center immediately.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before taking this medication?

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

    Talk to a doctor before using this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    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 this medication?

    Avoid using Sudafed PE Congestion if you are taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or have taken one in the past two weeks. MAOIs are sometimes used for treating Parkinson's disease, depression, and other emotional or psychiatric conditions.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

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

    Adults and children 12 years: Take one 10-milligram (mg) tablet every 4 hours. Do not take more than 6 tablets in 24 hours.

    Children <12 years: Do not use.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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