Pseudoephedrine Dosage

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Dosage of Pseudoephedrine in details

infoThe dose of a drug and dosage of the drug are two different terminologies. Dose is defined as the quantity or amount of medicine given by the doctor or taken by the patient at a given period. Dosage is the regimen prescribed by the doctor about how many days and how many times per day the drug is to be taken in specified dose by the patient. The dose is expressed in mg for tablets or gm, micro gm sometimes, ml for syrups or drops for kids syrups. The dose is not fixed for a drug for all conditions, and it changes according to the condition or a disease. It also changes on the age of the patient.
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Usual Adult Dose for Nasal Congestion

Immediate release: 30 to 60 mg orally every 4 to 6 hours as needed

12-hour extended- release: 120 mg orally every 12 hours as needed

24-hour extended-release: 240 mg orally every 24 hours as needed

Maximum dose: 240 mg per day

Comment: Recommended doses should not be exceeded.

Uses:

-Temporarily relieves nasal congestion due to the common cold, hay fever, or other upper respiratory allergies.

-Temporarily relieve sinus congestion and pressure.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Nasal Congestion

4 to 5 years:

Immediate release: 15 mg orally every 4 to 6 hours as needed

Maximum dose: 60 mg in 24 hours

6 to 12 years:

Immediate release: 30 mg orally every 4 to 6 hours as needed

Maximum dose: 120 mg in 24 hours

12 years or older:

Immediate release: 30 to 60 mg orally every 4 to 6 hours as needed

12-hour extended- release: 120 mg orally every 12 hours as needed

24-hour extended-release: 240 mg orally every 24 hours as needed

Maximum dose: 240 mg in 24 hours

Comments:

-Recommended doses should not be exceeded.

-Giving more than 1 cough and cold medicine to a child could result in overdose; there are many products that have similar names and it is critical to identify the active ingredients in the product to ensure the correct dosage is being used.

Uses:

-Temporarily relieves nasal congestion due to the common cold, hay fever, or other upper respiratory allergies.

-Temporarily relieve sinus congestion and pressure.

Renal Dose Adjustments

Severe renal impairment: Use caution, especially in patients with concurrent cardiovascular disease.

Liver Dose Adjustments

Severe hepatic impairment: Use caution, especially in patients with concurrent cardiovascular disease.

Precautions

On March 9, 2006, The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 was enacted which requires sellers of this drug ensure that: employees have been trained; records of the training are being maintained; sales limits are being enforced; products are being stored appropriately; and a written or electronic logbook is being maintained. The law requires that retailers place Pseudoephedrine products where customers do not have direct access to such products before a sale is made. The FDA defines Pseudoephedrine as an OTC drug in accordance with the monograph and FDA regulations.

The US FDA strongly recommends that over- the- counter (OTC) cough and cold products not be used in children younger than 2 years of age because serious and potentially life-threatening side effects can occur including death, convulsions, rapid heart rates, and decreased levels of consciousness. OTC cough and cold products include decongestants, expectorants, antihistamines, and antitussives.

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 2 years.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

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Other Comments

Administration advice:

Oral Liquid:

-Use only with enclosed measuring device or measuring devices specifically designed for measuring drugs.

Extended-release tablets:

-Swallow whole; do not divide crush, chew, or dissolve

Storage requirements:

-Protect from light

General:

-Over the counter cough and cold products can be harmful if more than the recommended amount is consumed; this may happen if more than 1 product containing the same active ingredient is used.

Patient advice:

-Patients should be instructed to pay close attention to drugs labels, particularly to the active ingredients section to ensure they are not receiving duplicate therapy.

-Adult cough and cold products should not be used for children; appropriate measuring devices should be used with liquid products.

-Patients should check with their health care provider if they are receiving concomitant medications.

-Patients should understand that over the counter cough and cold medications do not cure or shorten the duration of the common cold, these products are for the management of symptoms.

What other drugs will affect Pseudoephedrine?

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • blood pressure medications;

  • a beta blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic), carvedilol (Coreg), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Dutoprol, Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), sotalol (Betapace), and others; or

  • an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), doxepin (Sinequan), nortriptyline (Pamelor), and others.

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Pseudoephedrine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Pseudoephedrine interactions

infoInteractions are the effects that happen when the drug is taken along with the food or when taken with other medications. Suppose if you are taking a drug Pseudoephedrine, it may have interactions with specific foods and specific medications. It will not interact with all foods and medications. The interactions vary from drug to drug. You need to be aware of interactions of the medicine you take. Most medications may interact with alcohol, tobacco, so be cautious.
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The effects of some drugs can change if you take other drugs or herbal products at the same time. This can increase your risk for serious side effects or may cause your medications not to work correctly. These drug interactions are possible, but do not always occur. Your doctor or pharmacist can often prevent or manage interactions by changing how you use your medications or by close monitoring.

To help your doctor and pharmacist give you the best care, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) before starting treatment with this product. While using this product, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any other medicines you are using without your doctor's approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug include: stimulants (such as caffeine, dextroamphetamine, methamphetamine, herbal products like ephedra/ma huang), terbutaline.

Taking MAO inhibitors with this medication may cause a serious (possibly fatal) drug interaction. Avoid taking MAO inhibitors (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine) during treatment with this medication. Most MAO inhibitors should also not be taken for two weeks before treatment with this medication. Ask your doctor when to start or stop taking this medication.

Pseudoephedrine may decrease the effectiveness of blood pressure medications (such as beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, reserpine, guanethidine, methyldopa).

Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain similar ingredients (decongestants such as phenylephrine). Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.

This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use. Share this list with your doctor and pharmacist to lessen your risk for serious medication problems.


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References

  1. DailyMed. "PSEUDOEPHEDRINE SULFATE: DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. DailyMed is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts).". https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailyme... (accessed September 17, 2018).
  2. FDA/SPL Indexing Data. "7CUC9DDI9F: The UNique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) is an alphanumeric substance identifier from the joint FDA/USP Substance Registration System (SRS).". https://www.fda.gov/ForIndustry/Data... (accessed September 17, 2018).
  3. MeSH. "Nasal Decongestants". https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/68... (accessed September 17, 2018).

Reviews

The results of a survey conducted on ndrugs.com for Pseudoephedrine are given in detail below. The results of the survey conducted are based on the impressions and views of the website users and consumers taking Pseudoephedrine. We implore you to kindly base your medical condition or therapeutic choices on the result or test conducted by a physician or licensed medical practitioners.

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2 consumers reported doses

What doses of Pseudoephedrine drug you have used?
The drug can be in various doses. Most anti-diabetic, anti-hypertensive drugs, pain killers, or antibiotics are in different low and high doses and prescribed by the doctors depending on the severity and demand of the condition suffered by the patient. In our reports, ndrugs.com website users used these doses of Pseudoephedrine drug in following percentages. Very few drugs come in a fixed dose or a single dose. Common conditions, like fever, have almost the same doses, e.g., [acetaminophen, 500mg] of drug used by the patient, even though it is available in various doses.
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6-10mg1
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