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Sudafed PE

Generic name: phenylephrine (oral) [FEN il-EFF-rin]

Drug class: decongestants

What is Sudafed PE?

Sudafed PE can be described as a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. Blood vessels that are dilated can cause nose congestion (stuffy nasal congestion).

Sudafed PE is a treatment for stuffy nasal congestion and sinuses caused by commonly occurring colds, hay fever, or other allergies. Sudafed PE can be used for other purposes that are not mentioned in this guide.


Do not take this medication if you've used an MAO inhibitor within the last 14 days, including linezolid and isocarboxazid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine. Don't offer Sudafed to any child who is younger than Always consult a physician prior to giving a cold or cough medicine to children. The risk of death can be caused by the ineffective use of cough and cold medications in very young children. Consult a physician or pharmacist prior to using any other cold or cough medication. Phenylephrine and other decongestants are found in a variety of combinations of medicines. Combining certain medications could cause you to take too much of a particular medication. Look at the label to determine the presence of phenylephrine in a drug and/or a decongestant.

Before you take this drug

Do not take Sudafed PE if you have taken an MAO inhibitor within the last 14 days. A risky drug interaction may occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, rasagiline, and phenelzine, as well as tranylcypromine.

It is not recommended to use Sudafed PE if you are sensitive to the chemical phenylephrine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to determine if this medication is safe to use if you are suffering from:

  • Heart disease and hypertension;
  • diabetes;
  • an thyroid disorder;
  • An increased prostate and urinary issue; or
  • Any allergies to drugs.

Consult a physician before using this medication if you are nursing or pregnant.

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How to take Sudafed PE?

Utilise Sudafed PE according to the directions on the label or as recommended by your physician. Cold medicines are only meant for short-term use until symptoms improve. follow the directions on the medication label regarding administering cold medicine to children. Take a measurement of your liquid medicine (Children's Sudafed Nasal Decongestant) cautiously. Utilise the dosing syringe that comes with it or a dosage-measuring device (not an ordinary spoon).

Consult your doctor if symptoms don't improve after seven days or if you experience an itch, fever, or headache. If you require surgery, inform your surgeon whether you're currently taking this medication. Storage at room temperature, free of heat and moisture. Don't freeze.

What happens If I miss a dose?

Since cold medicines are utilised when they are needed, you may not be following a dose schedule. Don't miss a dose in the event that it's nearing time to get the next dose. Do not take two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the Poison Help line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist prior to taking other cold or cough medications that contain similar components.

Side effects of Sudafed PE

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms of an allergy reaction with Sudafed PE, itching, breathing problems, and swelling of your lips, face, and throat.

Stop taking Sudafed PE and consult your physician immediately. If you suffer from:

  • Quick, pounding, and unsteady heartbeat;
  • Severe dizziness or nervousess;
  • Sleep problems (insomnia); or
  • Raised blood pressure The result is an intense headache, poor vision, and the sound of pounding in your neck or ear.

The most common Sudafed PE side effects may include:

  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingling feeling);
  • Loss of appetite;
  • being anxious or restless (especially when it comes to children).

This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Other side effects could occur. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with other drugs

A variety of drugs are incompatible with phenylephrine, and certain drugs shouldn't be used simultaneously. Discuss with your doctor all the medications you are currently taking as well as any medications you are about to start or stop taking. This includes over-the-counter and prescription medicine, vitamins, and herbal supplements. The interactions between these products are not mentioned here.





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