Sudafed PE Warnings and Precautions

Specific Sudafed PE Warnings and Precautions

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Sudafed PE include the following:
 
  • Sudafed PE can worsen high blood pressure (especially high blood pressure that is not well-controlled with medications or other treatments). If you have high blood pressure or heart disease, check with your healthcare provider before taking Sudafed PE.
     
  • Sudafed PE can cause problems in people with glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or kidney disease. If you have one of these conditions, do not take Sudafed PE without first checking with your healthcare provider.
     
  • Sudafed PE interacts with some medications. Some of these interactions can be quite dangerous (see Sudafed PE Drug Interactions for more information).
     
  • Sudafed PE is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it might not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Phenylephrine and Pregnancy).
     
  • It is unknown if Sudafed PE passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider before using Sudafed PE (see Phenylephrine and Breastfeeding).
     

Who Should Not Take Sudafed PE?

According to the manufacturer of Sudafed PE, you should not take Sudafed PE if you:
 
  • Are allergic to Sudafed PE, phenylephrine hydrochloride, or any of the inactive components used to make Sudafed PE. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients used to make Sudafed PE.
     
  • Have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past 14 days (see Sudafed PE Drug Interactions for a list of MAOIs).
     
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