Dealing with sinus congestion can be frustrating. The stuffy nose. The pressure. The headache. Fortunately, SUDAFED® has a number of products that can relieve this pain and misery. Some have the active ingredient phenylephrine, like SUDAFED PE® Sinus Congestion.
Others feature the active ingredient pseudoephedrine, like SUDAFED® Sinus Congestion. Read on to learn more about what these two active ingredients are, what they have in common, and what makes them different.
How Are They Similar?
Both phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine can provide short-term relief for sinus pressure and congestion. SUDAFED® offers both in tablet form for ages 12 and up and liquid form for children 4 years of age and over.
How Do They Differ?
SUDAFED® products with phenylephrine are available for over-the-counter purchase without restrictions. SUDAFED® products containing PE are dosed to be taken every four hours for quick relief.
Our products that feature pseudoephedrine can be used for quick relief and also come in extended-release forms, for up to 24 hours of relief. Typically, products that have pseudoephedrine as an active ingredient face restrictions. This means that there are limits on the amount of pseudoephedrine that can be purchased at one time and within a month. Purchasers will typically need to present a valid photo ID in order to purchase these products, and the pharmacy is required to record these purchases for up to two years.
How Do They Work?
Both pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine work as decongestants by shrinking the dilated blood vessels in the nose, relieving nasal and sinus congestion. Both ingredients are effective as decongestants. However, pseudoephedrine can also be found in long-acting 12- and 24-hour extended-release tablets.
Why the Restrictions on Pseudoephedrine?
These restrictions went into effect with the passage of the Combat Methamphetamine Act. While pseudoephedrine is not addictive when used as directed, it can be used in the production of methamphetamine, a powerful and highly addictive stimulant. While regulations and need for a prescription can vary from state to state, products with pseudoephedrine are typically kept behind the counter at the pharmacy and are available for purchase there.
The Difference of SUDAFED® Phenylephrine and Pseudoephedrine pro
|Relief of sinus or nasal congestion and pressure|
|Short Term Relief||Extended Relief, 12 and 24 hour relief products available|
|Are there special requirements for purchase?|
|No||Yes, you may have to purchase at the pharmacy or service counter|
|What form(s) does it come in?|
|How often does the oral tablet need to be taken?|
|1 tablet every 4 hours||SUDAFED® Sinus Congestion: 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours
SUDAFED® Sinus Congestion 12 Hour and SUDAFED® Sinus Congestion + Pain 12 Hour: 1 tablet every 12 hours
SUDAFED® Sinus Congestion 24 Hour: 1 tablet every 24 hours
|Is it safe for children when used as directed?|
|Yes, children’s products are available. Please refer to the drug facts label for dosing information|
*Use products only as directed. Refer to drug facts label for dosing information
- Difference between Phenylephrine and Pseudoephedrine