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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride
Question: What are the side-effects of Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride, if any?

Answer: Pseudoephedrine is a drug which is similar in action to ephedrine. Ephedrine is one (20 component of adrenaline, which is a complex hormone produced by your adrenal gland under fight/flight types of stress. This drug will speed up your heart (sometimes to the point of too fast or irregular), increase your ability to breathe, dilate your eyes, increase your blood pressure and a host of other minor actions. It is mainly to accelerate your strength, reflexes and ability to respond to an emergency situation. Pseudoephedrine is usually used topically in nose sprays or in antihistamines to dilate the nose and to fight the sedative properties of most antihistamines.

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