Sudafed Decongestant Information

Sudafed® (pseudoephedrine hydrochloride) is a decongestant medication commonly used for the treatment of nasal or sinus congestion. It is available without a prescription and comes in several forms, including immediate-release tablets, extended-release tablets, and a liquid.
Sudafed works by stimulating alpha-adrenergic receptors in the lining of the nose and sinuses. This action causes the blood vessels to constrict, allowing less fluid to leave the blood vessels and decreasing inflammation. This helps to relieve nasal and sinus congestion.
Before you begin using Sudafed as a decongestant, information concerning the safety of using this product should be discussed with your pharmacist. Since the decongestant can worsen certain medical conditions, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider before taking Sudafed if you have heart disease, glaucoma, high blood pressure, or hyperthyroidism. Also, a number of side effects have been reported with this medicine. Potential side effects of Sudafed to look out for during treatment include insomnia, rapid heart rate, and nervousness.
(Click Sudafed for more information on the decongestant Sudafed, including more information on what Sudafed is used for, a list of the various forms and strengths available for this drug, and important dosing tips and precautions.)
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