Sudafed (on sale here) is an expectorant, antitussive and decongestant. It is used to treat infections of the upper respiratory tract and is a favorite with doctors when treating individuals with chronic lung diseases such as bronchitis, asthma and emphysema. Sudafed is a medication manufactured by McNeil laboratories, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. It was released in 2006, and it is currently available in major countries such as the U.S., the U.K., New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland and South Africa.
How Sudafed Works
This medication is sold in its generic form as guafenesin, theophylline, and pseudoephedrine elixir. Its expectorant effects include loosening up and thinning out thick mucus within the body so it’s easier to cough or spit it out. This in turn leads to opening up air passages, providing patients with the ability to breathe normally once again. In addition, it stops lung tissue irritation in its tracks, something which alleviates the persistent cough related to most respiratory issues.
Sudafed contains two active ingredients: Pseudoephedrine and hydrochloride. It is taken orally, and suggested dosages are 10ml every 4 hours up to 4 to 6 times every day for adults and for children over the age of 12, and 5ml every 4 hours up to 4 to 6 times per day for kids under 6. If you’d like, you can dilute Sudafed Elixir in ratios of 1:1 or 1:3.
Side Effects of Sudafed
Some side effects you can expect include:
– Stomach cramps
– Difficulty urinating.
Do not take Sudafed if you have high blood pressure, have been prescribed MAOI antidepressants, have severe hepatic impairment, have kidney problems, have diabetes, hyperthyroidism, closed angle glaucoma or have phaechromocytoma. Consult with your doctor if you have heart problems or mood or anxiety disorders. Should your breathing worsen, consult your doctor. It might also be tempting to take more of this medication due to its slow acting nature; doing so may put your health in danger.