Pseudoephedrine and Phenylephrine (Sudafed)

Pseudoephedrine is a stimulant medication used to treat the symptoms of the common cold, sinusitis and nasal congestion. While pseudoephedrine appears in small doses in many popular, over-the-counter decongestants, the product is heavily regulated. Pseudoephedrine's chemical structure is very similar to that of amphetamine, making it a key component in some illegal drugs. Due to the tight regulations, Phenylephrine is often sold as an over the counter substitute.

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Can you take pseudoephedrine with Vicodin?

I'm going to assume the question is about recreational drug use. If you're just taking them as directed you'll be fine.

This combination is similar to a speedball (heroin + cocaine), but weaker. Speedballs are notorious for killing people - the cocaine wears off before the heroin and breathing stops, etc. That said, it would be really hard to take enough vicodin to die from an overdose. You'd probably die first from liver damage from the acetaminophen in them.

The bigger problem is the pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine has a much stronger effect on the body than the brain, so if you're taking enough to get high, it's really hard on your body: you're liable to have a heart attack or stroke. Ephedrine (Bronkaid tablets) is better - at the dose needed to get high it has less effect on the body. Amphetamine is even better (but more addictive).

Aside from physical dangers, this sort of combination is about the most addictive thing you can imagine. I know from experience. Please be careful.

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Does Sudafed or benadryl help post nasal drip the best?

yes

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Can you take ibuprofen Sudafed and Xanax together?

Yes, you can definitely take Ibuprofen and Xanax together. They do not counteract one another. I have taken them together many times. I confirmed with my doctor and pharmacist, as well.

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Is mucinex the same as Sudafed?

No. Mucinex has decongestive properties just as sudafed does but its not the same medication. Mucinex is the brand of guaifenesin.

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Can you smoke marijuana and take Sudafed?

It is not a good idea to mix drugs unless your doctor or pharmacist says they are OK together. It does not matter what two or more drugs we are talking about. Even over-the-counter medications and supplements have interactions, so you should always check with a trained professional.

That said, WikiAnswers does not give information about illegal acts, such as smoking marijuana.

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Can you give your dog Pseudoephedrine?

Overview

* Pseudoephedrine is a central nervous system stimulant classified as a sympathomimetic alkaloid agent and is similar to ephedrine.

* Pseudoephedrine causes the release of the sympathetic nervous system chemical norepinephrine. The involuntary nervous system is divided into the sympathetic (flight or fight response) and parasympathetic branches. In general, these two systems oppose each other.

* When stimulated, the sympathetic system increases heart rate, blood pressure and cardiac activity. It also dilates the bronchial tree and contracts certain smooth muscles.

* When compared to ephedrine, pseudoephedrine has only 25 percent the effect on blood pressure and 50 percent the effect on dilating airways.

* This drug is not approved for use in animals by the Food and Drug Administration but it is prescribed legally by veterinarians as an extra-label drug.

* Pseudoephedrine is available without a prescription but should not be administered unless under the supervision and guidance of a veterinarian.

Brand Names and Other Names

* Pseudopseudoephedrine is available in many different over-the-counter (OTC) products. It is also commonly available in combination with other drugs, such as decongestants and cold remedies.

* This drug is registered for use in humans only.

* Human formulations: Pseudoephedrine is supplied by numerous drug companies with a variety of trade names and various generic formulations.

* Veterinary formulations: None

Uses of Pseudoephedrine

* For its bronchodilator activity, pseudoephedrine has been used in the treatment of respiratory conditions like bronchitis and nasal congestion in dogs; however, other drugs such as theophylline and terbutaline are more often prescribed.

Precautions and Side Effects

* While generally safe and effective when prescribed by a veterinarian, pseudoephedrine can cause side effects in some animals.

* Pseudoephedrine should not be used in animals with known hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug.

* Little information is available on the safety of pseudoephedrine use in cats. For this reason, use in cats should be avoided.

* Pseudoephedrine may interact with other medications. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if other drugs your pet is receiving could interact with pseudoephedrine.

* Common side effects associated with pseudoephedrine include nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, changes in behavior (agitation, restlessness), increased heart rate, muscle tremors and seizures.

* Pseudoephedrine should be avoided in animals with hyperthyroidism, glaucoma, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and disorders of the cardiovascular system.

How Pseudoephedrine Is Supplied

* Pseudoephedrine is available in 30 mg and 60 mg tablets. It is also available in 120 mg capsules.

* Pseudoephedrine syrup is available in a 6 mg/ml concentration.

Dosing Information

* Medication should never be administered without first consulting your veterinarian.

* Pseudoephedrine is dosed in dogs at 0.1 to 0.2 mg per pound (0.2 to 0.4 mg/kg) or 15 to 60 mg per dog by mouth every 8 to 12 hours.

* The duration of administration depends on the condition being treated, response to the medication and the development of any adverse effects. Be certain to complete the prescription unless specifically directed by your veterinarian. Even if your pet feels better, the entire treatment plan should be completed to prevent relapse or prevent the development of resistance. The Down Side: * "Pseudoephedrine has a very narrow margin of safety in dogs, cats, and other animals," says Dr. Steve Hansen, senior vice president of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, which has issued the warning. * Pseudoephedrine is found in certain cold, allergy, and sinus medications used in humans. As little as one tablet containing 30 mg of pseudoephedrine can induce clinical signs in a 20-pound dog, including nervousness, hyperactivity, and other behavioral changes; panting; fast heart rate; and high blood pressure. A dose as small as three 30-mg tablets in the same size dog can be lethal. * "Clinical effects can sometimes be seen as quickly as within 30 minutes after ingestion," Dr. Hansen says. "Therefore, it is critical that veterinary treatment is sought quickly when an ingestion occurs." * As with most medications, animal exposures to pseudoephedrine products usually are accidental, such as a pet chewing into a medication bottle or ingesting pills left unattended. Others may occur as a result of pet owners inappropriately medicating their pets. * Pseudoephedrine and other medications should be kept out of the reach of animals, preferably in a secure cabinet above the counter, according to the poison control center. "It is very important for owners to understand that even childproof containers are not effective in preventing accidental drug exposures in pets, as dogs and other animals can easily chew open a bottle or vial," Dr. Hansen says. * Individuals who suspect a pet may have ingested a pseudoephedrine-containing product or other drug should contact their local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for immediate assistance.

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Is pseudoephedrine a decongestant medication?

Yes it is an ingredient in decongestents. It is also used to make illegal drugs as it is one for m of 'speed'. Don't take it at night or you'll never get to sleep!

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How long before phenylephrine is out of your system?

2 to 3 hours for 50% of the initial dose, and another 50% of the remaining dose every 2 to 3 hours thereafter until it is completely flushed.

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Can you tatke robitussin and Sudafed together?

Many Robitussin products on the market already contain pseudoephedrine. Even so, yes, pseudoephedrine is relatively harmless and alone will not negatively interact with Dextromethorphan or any other active substances in Robitussin products.

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Can you take Sudafed and oxycodone together?

Yes you can. It won't harm you as long as you keep to the dosages recommended for each. For chronic users, however, this combo made lead to some insomnia.

Warning: I was taking 10mg oxycodone every 3-4 hours when I took one Sudafed. What ensued was strong anxiety and panic for 4 hours (crying, pacing, feeling crazy), with a recurrence near bedtime. I do not recommend.

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Is taking Ambien and pseudoephedrine lethal?

You should ask your prescribing physician about this combination. However, it is important to know that these are both medicines with sedative properties and may interact to cause excessive sedation.

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Can you take vicodin with Sudafed?

Yeah if you are looking for a death wish
yep you can as long as its a prescribed dose/reasonable amount of both of them

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Can you test positive for meth while taking pseudoephedrine?

Yes...you ABSOLUTELY CAN test positive for Amphetamines if you have been taking medication containing pseudephedrine.

METH breaks down in a persons system and shows up as Amphetamines in just a short period of time.

If you are taking a TIME RELEASE cold medicine that has Pseudophed in it...it continually releases it into your system...and...if you take it more often than prescribed...it can definitely read a false positive for Meth/Amphetamine useage.

This happened to my son who is on probation and even through all of the threats of starting all over with his drug treatments when he had been totally clean for a year..there was no amount of talking that was convincing his PO until he continued to deny it...at which time they ran his test through the 'second' level of testing. This second level is more defined and actually tells exactly what has been ingested.

His...came back that he indeed took PSEUDOPHED...during the time that he had a severe cold !

So IF you are telling the truth and you are CLEAN...stick to your guns ! Don't let anyone attempt to scare you into admitting guilt.

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Can you take Sudafed with Ativan?

I checked the interactions for REAL Sudafed (not the Sudafed PE stuff) and ativan and it said that there are no interactions. But, your safest bet would be to call a pharmacist, they could tell you for sure. I'm adding a link to the drug interactions checker. It is a very handy tool.

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Can you take Sudafed and Paracetamol together?

Yes

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Can taking pseudoephedrine 30mg tablets cause a positive test for cocaine?

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What herbal supplements or non-prescription drugs mimic methamphetamines in a urine test?

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Is phenylephrine an antihistamine?

Phenylephrine is a decongestant, not an antihistamine.

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Can you take childrens Sudafed and Vyvanse?

I took 50mg of vyvanse and then 3 pills of sudafed (the ones with the actual pseudoephedrine in it). I was completely fine. I do not have ADHD or a cold, i was using both as stimulants/uppers/etc. It made me very hyper and jittery, but my friends were all hyper too so we just had a little hyper time.. haha. If you do have ADHD or a cold, then the effects will be different.

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Can Doxycycline and Sudafed be taken together?

Yes

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Can you drink alcohol with sudafed?

It is fine, if anything alcohol with sudafed would help with most of the common side effects of both drugs. Alcohol is a downer and sudafed is an upper so when combined they pretty much cancel each other out.

You are good to go!

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Can you take Sudafed while taking warfarin?

Long-term or regular use of paracetamol may increase the anti-blood-clotting effect of warfarin and other anticoagulant medicines, leading to an increased risk of bleeding. This effect does not occur with occasional pain-killing doses.

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Can you snort pseudoephedrine pill?

Yes. Very much so. However, it's definitely not good for your health. It works very fast to snort it, but may overload your system since it gets to your blood so fast. Note: It's a short high, but it only take a little bit.

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Do alcohol and Sudafed make you drowsy?

Yes

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Is pseudoephedrine sulfate a sulfa drug?

When patients ask about "sulfa" drugs they usually intend to say "sulfonamide moiety containing" drugs. Pseudoephedrine does not contain the sulfonamide moiety and therefore would be safe for a patient with sulfonamide allergy, for example. Any patient with an individual concern (including but not limited to allergy) about their ability to consume sulfonamide or "sulfa" drugs should speak with their doctor or pharmacist.

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