What Can I Expect With Sudafed?
Side Effects of Sudafed
As with any medicine, Sudafed can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience bothersome side effects. Some people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Possible side effects of Sudafed include, but are not limited to:
- A rapid heart rate
- Heart palpitations.
(Click Sudafed Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Sudafed can potentially interact with several other medicines (see Sudafed Drug Interactions).
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Sudafed?
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart disease
- Difficult passing urine
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH)
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Sudafed and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Sudafed and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Sudafed Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)