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User Reviews for Pseudoephedrine to treat Nasal Congestion

Also known as: Sudafed Congestion, SudoGest, Sudafed 12-Hour, Entex, Suphedrine, Sudafed 24-Hour, Drixoral Decongestant Non-Drowsy, Nexafed Nasal Decongestant, Silfedrine, Suphedrin, Afrinol, Efidac, 12 Hour Decongestant, nasofed, Children's Dimetapp Decongestant Infant, Allermed, Novafed, Cenafed, Genaphed, Chlor-Trimeton Nasal Decongestant, Zephrex-D Decofed Liquid Decofed Elixsure Decongestant Contac Cold SudoGest 12 Hour 12 Hour Nasal Decongestant …show all brand names

Pseudoephedrine has an average rating of 6.6 out of 10 from a total of 61 ratings for the treatment of Nasal Congestion. 61% of those users who reviewed Pseudoephedrine reported a positive effect, while 31% reported a negative effect.

Pseudoephedrine Rating Summary

6.6/10 average rating

61 ratings from 65 user reviews.

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Reviews for Pseudoephedrine

High Flyee · Taken for less than 1 month January 4, 2021

SudoGest 12 Hour (pseudoephedrine): “I have used sudafed products off and on for decades to relieve nasal congestion. I saw SudoGest at Cosco at a price well below what I usually expect to pay so I bought several boxes. I began having significant congestion last week and began taking the tablets. I am very familiar with the effects sudafed products have on me, the obvious one being drying sinuses. This product has not provided any relief and I am beginning to wonder if it is low quality or quantity. In any case, it's back to Walgreens tomorrow.”

1 / 10
Sam · Taken for less than 1 month December 4, 2020

“Was prescribed pseudoephedrine after nasal surgery. I gave doctor complete list of my medications. Also told him of heart surgery and bladder problems. He should have never prescribed this for me. I took the meds, on day one.....resulted in urine retention, nausea, high blood pressure, agitation, sleeplessness and a host of other symptoms. I went on line and found a list of medications that has bad reactions from Sudafed. Several of mine were on the list to included low dose aspirin, tylenol and others. Please go on line and research side effects and ask your doctor about taking with other prescribed medications. I had thought he read my forms that I filled out. Apparently NOT.”

1 / 10
Solidgone · Taken for less than 1 month September 4, 2020

“Bought pseudoephedrine and it didn't work for my congestion. Good reminder of why I have not bought the junk "they" say works for years.”

1 / 10

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Makeupbykat December 2, 2014

Sudafed Congestion (pseudoephedrine): “When I had a really bad ear and sinus infection I went to go see the best ear and head doctor. He told me to take Sudafed so I did and it was like magic. It helped so much, 15 mins, I was clear so its worth the try if you have any sinus problems try Sudafed. It works!”

9 / 10
Tanya26 July 30, 2013

“I"ve had the tubes in my ear previously and didn't want to go through that experience again. I wish my doctor would have just prescribed this medicine instead of a nasal spray. I've had a clogged ear for almost a year now, on and off. I bought some Sudafed over the counter. Outside of having to give my ID, I had no issues. I took it and a few hours later, my ear has cleared up! Thank you very much for the helpful advice.”

10 / 10
Cali-girl · Taken for less than 1 month November 6, 2019

“I was diagnosed with allergic rhinitis and fluid behind the ears the doctor gave me claritin 10mg it did nothing. Finally I was prescribed pseudoephedrine 120mg I promise my relief was instant!!!! I take it with zyrtec 5mg thank goodness I can breath again, it doesn't make me sleepy , no side effects, and I'm very sensitive to most meds but this one was perfect.”

10 / 10
Jools · Taken for less than 1 month January 2, 2019

Sudafed Congestion (pseudoephedrine): “I was suffering with a cold over Christmas and ended up with a completely blocked nose and mild sinus pain. I have a tendency to labyrinthitus after a heavy cold ( this is a very unpleasant infection of the balance organ in your ear causing extreme vertigo ) and I live in fear of it !! I used Sudafed to try and clear the blockage before it could get to my ears and I was delighted at how quick and effective it was. After 2 doses of 2 capsules 4 hours apart, I had a solid night's sleep and my nose was much clearer. I feel much better today. I have continued with the Sudafed as my nose is still running but it's no longer blocked and my sinus pain has gone. Recommended.”

10 / 10

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PamHH September 19, 2015

“My doctor says this medicine is not for ear pressure, but it sure helps me. I battle allergies all year long, but eliminating gluten has helped tremendously. I now take 1/4 tablet in the morning and again in the afternoon if needed. I NEVER take the full tablet. If my symptoms are really bad, I take 1/2 tablet more frequently, rather than a full tablet as directed. It can cause a racing heart and insomnia, so decrease dosage and only take what you need to take the edge off of your symptoms. Trust your body (often times more than your doctor).”

9 / 10
realmavisbean February 16, 2016

“The only thing that works for me. Too bad they make you feel like a criminal when you go to buy it and make you take way more trips to the store than necessary because you can only buy so many at a time. If people want to use it to make meth and kill themselves let them (they're doing it anyway regardless of this stupid law) I just want to be able to buy it in bulk or online to save myself time and money since I use it regularly. I noticed lately is every store I go to is out of the generic 12-hour. Every pharmacy, grocery store, etc, no matter which one, and I have to buy the name brand for 50% more money. It's bad enough the price is already higher than it should be due to these loser meth addicts, now I have to buy name brand!!!”

10 / 10
Marko/IL January 4, 2010

Sudafed Congestion (pseudoephedrine): “I work in unhealthy, dusty, bacteria, allergen laden environments. When I feel my sinuses congesting, Sudafed or generic pseudoephedrine will clear it. My doctor recommended Sudafed or the generic as the most effective decongestant. Stating "To get it you have to sign for it"!”

10 / 10
Jakm · Taken for less than 1 month July 31, 2019

“Took one Sudafed 12 hr in the AM. It cleared up my congestion but also had bad reaction. Heart racing, feeling of disconnect, tingly head, anxious, jittery but exhausted, horrible insomnia. Felt the same the next day. Took about 40 hrs to wear off. Will never take again!”

1 / 10
Anonymous November 23, 2015

“Currently taking pseudoephedrine for chronic sinus migraines and ear congestion whilst waiting for a specialist appointment. I have found it the most effective pain relief for the sinus migraines and I have tried everything - hot compresses, inhaling steam, saline sprays, nasal sprays, antihistamines, decongestants, panadeine, ibuprofen, codeine. It is not clearing up the source of the problem but does provide some relief.”

8 / 10
Anonymous April 12, 2009

“This is the only decongestant that works for congestion in the ears. Also, I have found it better than all others for nasal and sinus. The ones they have attempted to replace it with do not work nearly as well.”

9 / 10
Wm1611 · Taken for 10 years or more June 25, 2017

Sudafed 24-Hour (pseudoephedrine): “I have taken Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) for many years, and have found it to be the only OTC medicine that really dries up nasal congestion. Nowadays, "Sudafed," the brand name, is being sold with other ingredients, because pseudoephedrine can be used for illegal purposes in drug manufacture. When buying it at the pharmacy counter, one must show ID, so their name can be entered on a registry; a person can't buy frequent or large quantities of the medication. But if you get the real thing, it really works.”

8 / 10
Anonymous June 9, 2008

Drixoral Decongestant Non-Drowsy (pseudoephedrine): “I have been taking Drixoral since it was made. It used to be by prescription only. I was overjoyed when it came out over the counter. This is the best allergy/sinus pill you can take. Relieves stuffy nose due to swollen sinuses, sneezing, itchy nose and eyes, etc. This is the only medicine that works for me.”

10 / 10
Tracy23 · Taken for less than 1 month June 12, 2014

Sudafed 24-Hour (pseudoephedrine): “After taking one dose of the Sudafed 24 it started to help me but it only lasted 8 hours. So I waited a full 24 hours before I took a second dose and it made me feel jittery and my heart was racing. Tried to eat and drink something but it didn%u2019t help. ”

4 / 10
Coopdedoo · Taken for less than 1 month October 16, 2016

Sudafed Congestion (pseudoephedrine): “I've had plugged ears from sinus congestion for two weeks. I took two doses every four hours of two tablets each and the congestion has finally cleared but I didn't realize that it would make for a sleepless jittery night and now a jittery morning with no appetite and mild nausea. Next time I would start with one tablet and see if that helps and make sure I had plenty of time before going to sleep.”

9 / 10
Lovewik · Taken for less than 1 month October 11, 2013

Nexafed Nasal Decongestant (pseudoephedrine): “I found this to work very well for my nasal congestion. Under 15 minutes and I'm 98% clear for 8 hours allowing me to continue my workday. It works better and faster than other over the counter medicine I've tried. ”

10 / 10
TDP · Taken for 10 years or more October 15, 2018

“During certain seasons of the year. Especially snowy and rainy weather when the barometric pressure drops I get this really bad sinus pressure that goes all the way in the back of my head. I take two 30mg red IR pseudoephedrine’s and it makes all the difference. A little ibuprofen can help on the side too. Kicks in fast and at 60mgs there is a little to no side effects.”

10 / 10
Skippy · Taken for less than 1 month September 2, 2019

SudoGest 12 Hour (pseudoephedrine): “This medication caused me to mumble in my sleep, not to realize what I was doing, and to make my pupils to overtake my eyes in a demon like fashion that scared my love and me when I found out about it. I am a type 1 diabetic as well . It caused my sugar level to drop to extremely low. I wouldn't recommend this medication for any use for diabetics.”

1 / 10
radsaeed March 12, 2014

“The medicine is very effective to relieve the nasal congestion like within 20 mins. But it causes disturbed sleep and keep you alert. Nobody discussed in the above given comments that it badly affects erection so adults should be careful. This effect started with the 2nd dose of medicine in my case.”

Shelly8257 · Taken for less than 1 month February 16, 2017

Sudafed Congestion (pseudoephedrine): “Well I bought sudafed blocked nose nose was blocked I could hardly breathe amongst other symptoms like flu fever sickness n high temperature. Anyway the thing that was bothering me the most was my blocked nose so I bought these sudufed capsules and it was the best thing I done I took one straight away when I bought them and thought at first they didn't work but as I continued to use them as stated on the packet the sure worked and made it so much easier to breathe so thank you I would definitely 100% recommend these brilliant product so thank you x”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 10 years or more May 9, 2018

“I’m almost afraid to SAY how many years that I’ve been using this Medication... probably for 38-40yrs. & STILL WORKS for me, almost as if were Day 1...& LASTS me for 12 hrs! Love it, but usually ONLY take it once a day, when my allergies are the worst...(outside of my home!) ”

9 / 10
Tdawg513turnup January 31, 2017

“I was feeling sick for about 3 weeks straight. Sore throat, cough, runny and stopped up nose, horrible dry mouth, extra crusting around the eyes, just overall feeling crappy but not bedridden. The levels of crappyness that I felt got better and worse randomly. Every time I thought I was going to get well, the sickness came back the next day with full force. I finally went to the campus nurse. She told me I probably had two seperate viral infections and told me to get pseudefed and ibuprofen. I did this and I am feeling completely fine! It's been one day and I've taken two doses so far. I will say I could not sleep for more than three hours last night and I'm tweaking out a little bit. But otherwise 10/10 would recommend.”

10 / 10
NoThyroid · Taken for less than 1 month May 24, 2017

“I was told by my doctor to take Sudafed for allergy congestion. I guess she didn't know that it interacts BADLY with my synthroid and cytomel! (although she SHOULD have known - she is a doctor, after all.) After taking sudafed, I had a major anxiety attack and my blood pressure shot through the roof. It took HOURS for it to wear off. Apparently, there is a warning on the box that people with thyroid disease shouldn't take sudafed. Sudafed causes the effects of synthroid to increase dramatically and synthroid does the same thing to the Sudafed. If you take synthroid AVOID sudafed!! I threw the box away and will never take it again. I blame my Doc for not knowing this stuff is dangerous to thyroid patients.”

1 / 10
Bon1917 September 9, 2017

“I am prone to sinus infections. I get them on average five times a year. There are times where my nose is completely blocked and breathing becomes extremely difficult. I have tried endless OTC drugs, like Mucinex, Advil Sinus, vapor rub and even nasal sprays. None of those have helped on top of home remedies. I tried Sudafed for the first time about two years ago and with just one dose I feel like myself again! I have experienced some drowsiness with the medication, but I could still function and do my daily task.”

10 / 10
Renee/Gulfport, MS March 4, 2009

“I have been using Pseudoephedrine over the counter medicine for many years. I use the equivalent brand of Sudafed at Walmart (12 hour) This is the only medication that works for me and it is a shame the Government has to regulate the sale of it because of drug dealers. This really harms those of us who need it to breath. My problem now is that Walmart is always out of it. It is very hard to get even at local pharmacies. They have also upped that price on it I guess because of the demand from the drug dealers.”

Chef Jon · Taken for 10 years or more July 26, 2015

“Apparently I have taken this drug longer than I realized. I was prescribed the Drixoral version of this more than 30yrs ago in the military. It worked for me then and works today. I have suffered Hay Fever and many allergies my entire life. Please everyone remember this drug is like all others, simply put, it works for some and can actually be detrimental to the health of others! This drug is not really meant for your flu like colds, it can help with some of the symptoms but truly works best for straightforward sinus problems. I have tried the 1 a day pills and if they worked it would be 2 to 4 hours of relief and then a similar time of eyes watering, nose running until it released more into my system. Long live SudoGest(prescription only)!”

10 / 10

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