Sudafed 12-Hour Sinus Decongestant, originally available by prescription, later sold over-the-counter and now available from pharmacy with signature, provides fast, effective relief from sinus pressure, headache and congestion. Initially when Sudafed 12-Hour Sinus Decongestant was first available over the counter without a prescription, it was available on most pharmacy and grocery store shelves.
However, the active ingredient in Sudafed, pseudoephedrine has been used illegally to prepare crystal methamphetamine. ‘Crystal meth’ is sold as a street amphetamine, like speed. To prevent unlimited sales of Sudafed, the FDA instituted ‘behind the counter’ sales of Sudafed. Sudafed doesn’t require a prescription, but is kept behind the pharmacy counters. Sudafed must be purchased from a licensed pharmacy technician. To obtain Sudafed the buyer must be 18 years of age, show proof with a valid driver’s license and sign a pharmacy register. Information required to purchase Sudafed include name, phone number, address and date.
Sudafed 12-Hour is much more effective in most cases that the over-the-counter sinus decongestants made without pseudoephedrine. Phenylephrine is the active ingredient in the ‘new’ Sudafed, but many sinus congestion sufferers find that phenylephrine does not clear up sinus pressure or pain like Sudafed 12-Hour with pseudoephedrine. Additionally, phenylephrine can be dangerous for those taking an monoamine oxidase or MAO inhibitor and for PKU (phenylketonuria) patients.
Sudafed 12-Hour is a powerful drug and should not be taken routinely. Seasonal allergy sinus congestion sufferers may find relief from symptoms, especially during peak allergy season (spring to late fall), by taking Sudafed 12-Hour Sinus Decongestant. Ozone Alert days are days when allergy and sinus sufferers tend to experience more allergy and sinus issues. On Ozone Alert days, it’s good to be prepared for possible problems with a supply of Sudafed 12-Hour.
There are many herbal, homeopathic, natural and drug-free sinus treatments that can alleviate sinus pain and congestion, but there are times, for me, when only Sudafed 12-Hour sinus decongestant relieves my symptoms. Because Sudafed is a 12-Hour product, it can be taken twice daily. I find that during those allergy alert times, once daily is sufficient.