Before You Buy Sudafed PE

What You Need to Know About Sudafed PE

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Sudafed PE is a nasal decongestant that is available in the cold and flu aisle of local pharmacies and drug stores. Decongestants are a type of medication that helps clear up sinus and head congestion. They work by narrowing the blood vessels in the nose, decreasing swelling and inflammation, thereby allowing more air to flow and mucus to drain.

Sudafed nasal decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine) is no longer available over the counter; it is only available behind the counter, from the pharmacist.

Sudafed PE may be a good alternative to original Sudafed. It is very effective for many people. It causes fewer side effects than original Sudafed, but may also not be as effective.

Active Ingredient in Sudafed PE

In each caplet:
Phenylephrine HCl 10mg

What is Phenylephrine?

Phenylephrine is part of a class  of drugs called vasopressors and works by reducing inflamed blood vessels in the nose. While Phenylephrine relieves congestion, it doesn’t treat the cause of the symptoms.

In addition to Sudafed PE, Phenylephrine is an active ingredient in many generic products, such as children’s cough medicine.

In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert about what drugs -- certain  prescription cough, cold, and allergy products -- can be taken in combination with phenylephrine.

    Dosage and Directions

    Adults and children over 12 years old:

    • 1 caplet every 4 hours, not to exceed 6 doses in 24 hours

      Children under 12 years should not take this product unless directed to do so by a doctor

      Swallow whole, do not crush or chew.

        Sudafed Uses

        This drug is best used to treat:

          Side Effects of Sudafed PE

          Phenylephrine may cause:

          • Confusion or nervous feeling
          • Headaches
          • Nausea or vomiting

            Sudafed PE Warnings

            Do not use Sudafed PE if you are now taking a medication known as a MAOI or for two weeks after stopping an MAOI. If you are not sure, contact your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication.

            Keep out of reach of children.

            In case of overdose, contact Poison Control or go to an Emergency Room immediately.

              Ask a Doctor Before use if:

                Stop use and ask a Doctor if:

                • An allergic reaction occurs. Seek medical attention immediately.
                • You get nervous, dizzy or sleepless
                • You have nasal congestion that lasts more than 7 days or it is accompanied by a fever

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                    "Products/Sudafed PE Nasal Decongestant." Sudafed & Sudafed PE. 2006. Pfizer Inc.. 22 Jan 2007.

                    Everyday Health Media, LLC,What Is Phenylephrine?

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