What are Sudafed Decongestant tablets?
Sudafed Decongestant tablets are a treatment for blocked, stuffy noses. They can ease congestion caused by cold and flu, hay fever, sinusitis and more. These tablets are non-drowsy, perfect if you don’t want your blocked nose to slow you down. If you’re struggling with a blocked nose and need a way to clear your congestion, Sudafed Decongestants could be the perfect remedy for you.
Why do I have a blocked nose?
A blocked nose usually isn’t anything to worry about, and it can happen for lots of different reasons. When you have a blocked nose, irritation caused by an illness or an allergy causes swelling in the blood vessels of your nose, narrowing your nasal passages so they become blocked with mucus. Some of the most common causes of congestion include:
- Hay fever
How will the pseudoephedrine in Sudafed Decongestants help to ease my congestion?
The active ingredient in Sudafed Decongestant tablets is 60mg of pseudoephedrine hydrochloride. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant which helps to reduce swelling in the blood vessels in your nose. By reducing this swelling, these tablets give you more room to breathe and helps to reduce the pressure in your nose and forehead.
Can I take these tablets if I’m pregnant?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product. Some medications may not be suitable for you or your baby at this time.
Can I take these tablets if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including those you obtained without a prescription, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Sudafed tablets. Do not take this product if you are already taking depression medication called MAOIs (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) or have taken them within the last 2 weeks. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you are already taking:
- Antihypertensives, which are used to treat high blood pressure, e.g. guanethidine, methyldopa, alpha and beta-blockers, debrisoquine, bretylium, betanidine
- Sympathomimetic drugs, e.g. stimulants, appetite suppressants, medicines used to treat congestion and asthma
- Tricyclic antidepressants, which are used to treat mood disorders
How to take these tablets
Take one Sudafed Decongestant tablet with a glass of water. Do this every 4 – 6 hours, up to 4 times a day. Do not take more than 4 tablets within 24 hours.
Can I buy Sudafed over the counter?
You do not need a prescription for Sudafed Decongestant tablets, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist 4 U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that this product is the best choice for you.
When should this product not be used?
Sudafed Decongestant tablets are not suitable for use in children under the age of 12. Do not take these tablets if you are allergic to pseudoephedrine or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not take this product if you have very high blood pressure or severe heart disease. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you have:
- Liver or kidney problems
- High blood pressure or heart disease
- Diabetes, or have been told that you have an intolerance to some sugars
- An overactive thyroid gland
- Prostate problems, e.g. difficulty passing water, needing to pass water more often
Do Sudafed Decongestant tablets have any side effects?
Like all medications, Sudafed Decongestant tablets can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These side effects include:
- Skin rashes that may be itchy
- Men, especially those with prostate problems, may have trouble passing water
- Restlessness, difficulty falling asleep, bad dreams
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 30 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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