Abuse of Pseudoephedrine

Behind-the-Counter Pseudoephedrine

Any medication containing pseudoephedrine is required to be kept behind the pharmacy counter. You will need to show identification to buy pseudoephedrine, and you will be limited to a certain amount of the medication per month. These measures were put in place to decrease the use of pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine.
Specifically, individuals will be limited to no more than 3.6 grams of pseudoephedrine per day and no more than 9 grams per month. Because the various different products may contain different amounts of pseudoephedrine, your pharmacist will help you determine exactly how much you can purchase.
You may notice that stores have products such as Sudafed PE still on shelves. These products were produced in response to the new regulations and do not contain pseudoephedrine; they contain phenylephrine, a similar decongestant that is not used to make methamphetamine.

Final Thoughts on Pseudoephedrine Abuse

People who take pseudoephedrine for a legitimate medical reason need not worry about abusing or becoming "addicted" to pseudoephedrine. Although the medication can be misused or abused in a few different ways, this should not deter people from using pseudoephedrine products. If you think you may have a problem with pseudoephedrine abuse, please talk with your healthcare provider.
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