Pseudoephedrine, which is more commonly referred to as Sudafed, is a decongestant.
The medication shrinks the blood vessels in the nasal passages, which opens up the nose and allows a person who has a cold to be able to breath more easily.
Sudafed is used most often to clear up a stuffy nose.
Sudafed will treat nasal and sinus congestion as well as the sustachian tubes that are located in the ears.
It is important to know that Sudafed should not be given to a child under the age of two, and that a person should always check with a doctor because taking the medication, because allergies to Sudafed could be fairly serious.
If such medicine is given to children that are very young, they can be fatal.
It is important to not use any kind of over-the-counter medicine, not just decongestive medicines such as Sudafed, without consulting a doctor.
It should also not be mixed with any other medications. It is also important to ask a doctor first if it is all right to use Sudafed, because people with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or a thyroid disorder can experience serious problems resulting from such a decongestant. Side effects
It is important to use the medication according to what the label states, or as the doctor has prescribed. If taken in excessive amounts, problems could occur. Cold medicine such as Sudafed is usually taken for a short period of time, and taking it for an extended period could cause problems as well.
If the cold symptoms increase while taking the medication or worsen, it is important to see a doctor.
Some of the common side effects that can result from Sudafed are headaches, coughing or skin rashes.
If the symptoms do not improve shortly, then a person must see the doctor.
It is also important to remember to keep the medication at room temperature and away from moisture and heat.
If a person overdoses on the medicine, they can feel restless and nervous. A doctor should be visited in this circumstance as well.
It is important not to mix anything with the medicine, but especially, it is important to stay away from diet pills, caffeine pills, and other such stimulants.
Mixing the medicine and stimulants can lead to severe and unwanted side effects.
Some of the most common ones of the medication include hives and other allergic reactions, fast heart beat, severe dizziness, anxiety, restlessness, nervousness, easy bruising and bleeding, weakness, fever, chills, body aches, flu-like symptoms, increased blood pressure, bad headaches, blurred vision, chest pain, inability to focus and concentrate, and possible seizures as well.