What risks are involved with taking more pseudoephedrine if the first dose didn't last anywhere near 24 hours?
March 15, 2011 9:22 PM Subscribe
The warnings on the Wal-Itin D box say "do not take more than once every 24 hours." Most medications warn against taking more than X every Y hours, but they are usually hedging their bets. Is this kind of medication different, and, if it is, can I take something else that might help without worrying about contraindication?
(Sinuses-want-me-dead information inside)
posted by tzikeh to Health & Fitness (27 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm having terrible sinus pain (to the point where my teeth are agonizing) and a *constantly* running nose, all of which just started this morning. The mucus is clear, which generally indicates allergy, and not a cold (sorry for the TMI), but I can't be 100% sure.
I went to Walgreens and asked the pharmacist which OTC med would be best to help; I also said that I didn't know whether this was allergies or a cold--and was there something that would work for sinus pain and runny nose regardless of whether it was a cold or allergy?
She suggested Claritin-D / Allegra-D / Whatever-D, and told me that the generic was exactly the same. I bought the generic.
It took over two hours to kick in. It was fine for about five hours, but now the symptoms have returned.
The box says "Do not exceed one dose in 24 hours." With stuff like ibuprofen, I figure I can exceed "recommended dosage" every once in a while if I have a bad headache--my GP says that's fine. But this doesn't have a "recommended dosage," it has ONE DOSE. NOT TO BE EXCEEDED. 24 HOURS.
1) Is it common for a 24-hour medication to only last five hours? That part makes no sense to me at all.
2) Am I going to KEEL OVER AND DIE if I take another? I don't have any of the warned-for conditions, such as high blood pressure, thyroid disease, etc.
3) If I am, in fact, going to KEEL OVER AND DIE if I take another, can I take something else (like DayQuil or NyQuil) to try to help? There are no contraindicated medications listed on the box except the regulars: MAOI inhibitors, high-blood-pressure meds, etc.
Several friends have recommended a Neti pot, but I can't go buy something else at the moment. I have DayQuil/NyQuil in the house, as well as Claritin (I bought the generic pills this morning because I couldn't spend the whole day in agony til I got home to take Claritin).
4) Should I have gotten a name-brand version instead of the generic?