Pseudoephedrine Drug Information
A decongestant found in many different medications, pseudoephedrine is often used to relieve:
- Nasal congestion due to allergies (such as hay fever) or the common cold
- Sinus congestion and pressure.
Although you don't need a prescription to buy pseudoephedrine in most states, any medication containing it is required to be kept behind the pharmacy counter.
Most people have no problems with pseudoephedrine; however, the drug's safety information should be reviewed so that you are aware of possible side effects, such as insomnia, nervousness, and a rapid heart rate, and know the warning signs of an allergic reaction or other serious problem that requires prompt medical attention.
(Click Pseudoephedrine for more information on this drug. This Web page takes an in-depth look at how this product works, lists other potential side effects, and explains how to take it properly.)