The "Missing my Sudafed" blues
October 19, 2005 8:49 AM Subscribe
Sudafed (the real and the cheap generics both) are gone; I've been taking the stuff for 30 years, and I'm having trouble finding an alternative that works well. Can anyone share any experiences with good alternatives?
I developed moderate to sometimes not-so-moderate allergies back in my teens, and as a result I've been taking Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride ("Sudafed") for about 30 years now -- originally as a prescription drug, then over-the-counter, and for the last few years as the cheaply available generic. I normally only take the stuff at bedtime, as I often seem to get congested late at night and wake up stuffed up, or with red and sore eyes, etc., although I'll occasionally take a dose during the day if I've been around something that bothers me.
Unfortunately, due to recent skirmishes in the "war on drugs", Sudafed and the various generics are no longer available (apparently they can still be sold with lots of information gathering, but my local pharmacies are telling me they've decided not to bother).
I've tried a couple of the alternatives - my local pharmacies have started selling a phenylephrine-based alternative in place of the pseudoephedrine, which I've tried, and I've also tried loratadine ("Claritin") -- my reactions range from they don't do anything to they dry my sinuses and make me miserable. After a week of staying away from the Sudafed, I broke into the last of my stash last night and felt halfway human this morning for the first time in a week.
Are there any other formerly happy Sudafed users who've found a decent alternative?