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Sudafed Sinus and Nasal Decongestant

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Generic Name: Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride
Product Name: Sudafed Sinus and Nasal Decongestant

Indication

Relief of nasal congestion associated with acute and chronic rhinitis, common cold and sinusitis

Action

Cause constriction of dilated nasal vessels, therefore reducing tissue swelling and nasal congestion

Dose advice

Sudafed Sinus & Nasal Decongestant (tablets): 60mg, 30, 60, 90 tablets

Sudafed Sinus & Nasal Decongestant (oral liquid): 6mg/mL, 100mL

Pseudoephedrine is included in many over the counter preparations; dosage depends on the type of combination used, or whether it is controlled release

Adult: 60mg every 4-6 hours; max 240mg daily

Child>2 years: 1mg/kg 3-4 times daily

Combination products are not recommended

Schedule

Tablets 30’s: S2, except NSW: S3; 60’s, 90’s: S4

Elixir S2

12 Hour Tablets S2

Common side effects

  • CNS stimulation
  • Nervousness
  • Excitability
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Co-existing conditions:
    • Pseudoephedrine products are contra-indicated in uncontrolled hypertension and MAOI treatment
    • May affect blood glucose control in diabetesIncreased risk of arrhythmia in heart disease
    • Blood pressure may increase in patients with hypertension
    • Symptoms may be exacerbated in patients with prostatic hypertrophyIn patients with hyperthyroidism, there is an increased sensitivity to sympathomimetics

Uncommon side effects

  • Tachycardia
  • Palpitations
  • Arrhthmias
  • Seizures
  • Hypertension
  • Ischaemic colitis

For further information talk to your doctor.

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Dates

Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 31 October, 2015

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