Generic Sudafed PE
There are generic versions of Sudafed PE (phenylephrine hydrochloride) available, as the patents for the active ingredient of Sudafed PE have expired. Although generic tablets are available, there are no generic versions of Children's Sudafed PE Nasal Decongestant Liquid at this time. The main difference between generic Sudafed PE and generic Sudafed is the active ingredient; phenylephrine is the active ingredient in Sudafed PE, and pseudoephedrine is the active ingredient in Sudafed.
Is a Generic Version of Sudafed PE Available?Sudafed PE® (phenylephrine hydrochloride) is a non-prescription decongestant used for treating nasal and sinus congestion due to allergies and the common cold.
Brand-name Sudafed PE is made by McNeil Consumer Healthcare. The patents for the active ingredient of Sudafed PE have long expired, and the medication is available in generic form.
(It should be noted that there are several different Sudafed PE medications, many of which contain additional active ingredients other than phenylephrine. This article focuses primarily on the single ingredient phenylephrine, not the products with other active ingredients.)