Sudafed PE Side Effects

Dizziness, insomnia, and headaches are some of the possible bothersome (but not usually dangerous) side effects of Sudafed PE. In most cases, side effects of this non-prescription drug are minor and generally easy to treat. However, there are also several potentially serious side effects that may require medical attention, such as chest pain, a slow heart rate, or difficulty breathing.

An Introduction to Sudafed PE Side Effects

As with any medicine, Sudafed PE® (phenylephrine hydrochloride) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, some people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Sudafed PE. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of side effects with you. 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 phenylephrine, not the other active ingredients in such products.)

Bothersome Side Effects of Sudafed PE

Sudafed PE is a non-prescription medication, and detailed information about possible side effects is not provided in the labeling for non-prescription medications. Therefore, no exact percentages for the individual side effects are available.
Some of the possible bothersome (but not usually dangerous) side effects of Sudafed PE include:
  • Dizziness
  • Pale skin
  • Excitability, nervousness, or restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Goose bumps
  • Weakness
  • Shakiness.
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