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How to get rid of taking sudafed for sinus infections?

I often have to take sudafed to get rid of sinus infections...the problem is I really like it. It makes me productive and alert. I am struggling not to take it today because I am going snowboarding. I m afraid I am getting addicted...is that possible? And is it bad that I have been taking the stuff 2 or 3 times a week sinus infection or not?
Wed, 29 May 2019
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Hello,

Sudafed( Pseudoephedrin) is used for symptomatic relief of blocked nose and thereby pain of sinus infection by decongestion of the nasal mucous membrane. More effective as nasal drops.

It is not habit forming drug but not to exceed the recommended daily dose(Not to exceed 4 doses/day-oral or nasal drops).

Excessive use may cause systemic effects (eg, nervousness, dizziness, sleeplessness)and transient hypertension.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Tushar Kanti Biswas, Internal Medicine Specialist
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