Brand Names : Cenafed, Chlor-Trimeton Non-Drowsy Decongestant 4 Hour, Decofed, Dimetapp Decongestant, Dimetapp Decongestant Pediatric Drops, Drixoral Nasal Decongestant, Efidac/24, Genaphed, Myfedrine, PediaCare Infants' Oral Decongestant Drops, Pseudo 60's, Sudafed, Sudafed Children's Nasal Decongestant Liquid Medication, Sudafed 12 Hour, Triaminic AM Decongestant Formula, Triaminic Infant Oral Decongestant Drops, Balminil Decongestant Syrup, Benylin Decongestant, Drixoral N.D., Eltor 120, Maxenal, Robidrine, Sudafed Decongestant, Sudafed Decongestant Extra Strength, Sudafed Decongestant 12 Hour
Proper Use of This Medicine
taking pseudoephedrine extended-release capsules
Swallow the capsule whole. However, if the capsule is too large to
swallow, you may mix the contents of the capsule with jam or jelly and swallow
Do not crush or chew before swallowing.
For patients taking pseudoephedrine extended-release
Swallow the tablet whole.
Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
To help prevent trouble in sleeping, take the last
dose of pseudoephedrine for each day a few hours before bedtime
you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.
Take this medicine only as directed
. Do not
take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer
period of time than recommended on the label (usually 7 days), unless otherwise
directed by your doctor. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.
Dosing - The dose of pseudoephedrine will be different
for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or
the directions on the label
. The following information includes only
the average doses of pseudoephedrine. If your dose is
different, do not change it
unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The number of capsules, tablets, or teaspoonfuls of solution or syrup that
you take each day depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the time
between doses depends on whether you are taking a short-acting or long-acting
form of pseudoephedrine.
For nasal or sinus congestion:
For regular (short-acting) oral
form (capsules, oral solution, syrup, or tablets):
Adults and children 12 years of age and older - 60 milligrams
(mg) every four to six hours. Do not take more than 240 mg in twenty-four
Children 6 to 12 years of age - 30 mg every four to six hours.
Do not take more than 120 mg in twenty-four hours.
Children 2 to 6 years of age - 15 mg every four to six hours.
Do not take more than 60 mg in twenty-four hours.
Children 4 months to 2 years of age - Dose must be determined
by your doctor
Children up to 4 months of age - Use and dose must be determined
by your doctor.
For long-acting oral
dosage form (extended-release
capsules or extended-release tablets):
Adults and children 12 years of age and older - 120 mg every
12 hours, or 240 mg every 24 hours. Do not take more than 240 mg in twenty-four
Children up to 12 years of age - Use is not recommended.
Missed dose - If you miss a dose of this medicine and you remember
within an hour or so of the missed dose, take it right away. However, if you
do not remember until later, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular
dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Storage - To store this medicine:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store away from heat and direct light.
Do not store the capsule or tablet form of this medicine in the bathroom,
near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause
the medicine to break down.
Keep the liquid form of this medicine from freezing.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure
that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.