How Long Does Pseudoephedrine Stay In Your System?


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Pseudoepherine normally remains in your system for 9 to 6 hours. Due to the negative side effects of it, it should not be in the system any longer than two days. If you have been taking it regularly, it is also recommended that after seven days, consumption of pseudoepherine should be stopped. It is however, fairly common for the drug to stay in your system much longer than expected as the effects of the drug, like many others, do depend on the person individually.

The most commonly known brand name for pseudoepherine is Sudafed. This drug is a decongestant and is used to shrink the blood vessels in the nasal passage to prevent or remove the feeling of a blocked nose normally when the user is suffering from flu or a common cold.

The most concerning side effect of pseudoepherine when consumed over a long period of time is an increased heart rate. This can result in other similar side effects such as a dangerously high blood pressure. Other natural side effects of the medication include:

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Skin problems
  • Dizziness
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Ease of bruising
  • Sore head
  • Chills
  • Weakness
  • Chest pain
Decongestant drugs are normally produced as part of a combination of drugs and so before taking it, you should ensure it is safe to do so if you are taking any other medications. People suffering from diabetes, heart conditions and thyroid disorders should avoid this medication.

When taking it, be sure to stick to the doctor's dosage or the instructions on the back of the packet. If you miss a dose just continue as normal as if you had taken it. Do not replace the missed dose by taking more than you should as this could result in an overdose and trigger the above effects and prolong the period of time it is in your system.

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