Nasal Decongestant vs Sudafed for Nasal Congestion

Nasal Decongestant
(OTC)
Sudafed
(OTC)
Nasal Decongestant is a cough & cold medication.
Sudafed is a systemic sympathomimetic decongestant.
Satisfaction Score
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4.0
Very Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.9
Very Satisfied
Concern level
1.5
Helpfulness
for Nasal Congestion
2.5
Concern level
1.5
Approval Date
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Not Available
December 15, 1992
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
3,877 Discussions
63,130 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Allergy
#3 for Common Cold
#4 for Cough
#5 for Congestion
#6 for Flu
#7 for Runny Nose
#8 for Sneezing
#10 for Rhinitis
Nasal Decongestant is approved for Allergy, Nasal Congestion, Common Cold, Cough, Congestion, Flu, Runny Nose and Sneezing and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Condition
Number of posts
#2 for Congestion
#3 for Flu
#6 for Runny Nose
Sudafed is approved for Sinus Infections, Congestion, Flu, Nasal Congestion, Sinus Headaches and Runny Nose and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Nas
Addiction
8
High Blood Pressure
5
Dry Mouth
3
Nose Bleeds
3
Withdrawal Symptoms
2
Palpitations
2
Apnea
2
Tachycardia
2
Paranoia
1
Diabetes
1
Sud
Addiction
3
Palpitations
3
Itching
3
Tinnitus
2
Dehydration
2
Withdrawal Symptoms
1
Tachycardia
1
Gagging
1
Fainting
1
Hearing Loss
1
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Nasal Decongestant
Nas
Sudafed
Sud
Addiction
Nas
Sud
8
3
High Blood Pressure
Nas
Sud
5
0
Dry Mouth
Nas
Sud
3
0
Nose Bleeds
Nas
Sud
3
0
Withdrawal Symptoms
Nas
Sud
2
1
Palpitations
Nas
Sud
2
3
Apnea
Nas
Sud
2
0
Tachycardia
Nas
Sud
2
1
Paranoia
Nas
Sud
1
0
Diabetes
Nas
Sud
1
0
Addiction
Sud
Nas
3
8
Palpitations
Sud
Nas
3
2
Itching
Sud
Nas
3
0
Tinnitus
Sud
Nas
2
0
Dehydration
Sud
Nas
2
0
Withdrawal Symptoms
Sud
Nas
1
2
Tachycardia
Sud
Nas
1
2
Gagging
Sud
Nas
1
0
Fainting
Sud
Nas
1
0
Hearing Loss
Sud
Nas
1
0
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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C Category C
Before taking Nasal Decongestant during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
C Category C
Before taking Sudafed during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Nasal Decongestant and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between Sudafed and alcohol.
Method of use
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Inhalation, Pill, Syrup
Oral Drops, Pill, Syrup
Dosages
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Tablet: 10 mg, 60 mg, 2.5-60 mg, 12-75 mg, 30-500 mg
Syrup: , 1.25-30 mg/5 mL, 2-12.5 mg/5 mL
Capsule: 12-120 mg, 30-200 mg
Inhaler: 50 mg
Solution: 6.25-50 mg/mL
Tablet: 30 mg, 60 mg, 120 mg, 240 mg
Capsule: 120 mg
Drops: 7.5 mg/0.8 mL
Syrup: 30 mg/5 mL
Food Instructions
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Follow manufacturer's instructions re:take with food because food may affect absorption
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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Phenylpropanolamine Hcl/Chlorpheniramine Maleate , Pseudoephedrine Hcl/Triprolidine Hcl , Levmetamfetamine , Guaifenesin/Phenylpropanolamine Hcl , Phenylpropanolamine Hcl/Brompheniramine Maleate , Pseudoephedrine Hcl/Brompheniramine Maleate , Guaifenesin/Pseudoephedrine Hcl , Xylometazoline Hcl , Phenylephrine Hcl , Pseudoephedrine Hcl , Oxymetazoline Hcl
Pseudoephedrine Hcl
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Nasal Decongestant and Sudafed: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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