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Sinus: Phenylephrine Probably Sucks

Today has not been a good day. It took me a while to realise that it was because I had taken one of the new sinus medications. The one with phenylephrine and an anti-histamine. No wonder I was feeling very drowsy. I even took a nap. Then I woke up with a nightmare. So much for phenylephrine not causing nightmares.

I have a thick lump of mucous in my sinuses. Every now and then it drips down my throat. Yuck. This was not the way I felt when I took Contac.

There's a chance that the problem is caused by dust, so I'm going to do something about that. Dust is much more of a problem here than in the UK. There rain washes the dust out of the air. Here I'll probably need to get a Roomba and an air purifier. Expensive.

But first I'm going to see if I can get some pseudoephedrine. Contac, the 12-hour time-release version by SmithKline Beecham, is not sold in the US anymore. There is however a brand-name Sudafed that is also supposed to release the active ingredient over 12 hour. I think that it's thanks to the continuous release action that I didn't get nightmares from Contac.
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it's annoyingly difficult to get pseudoephedrine anymore, but I agree with you, phenylephrine does nothing. Claritin (generic: loratadine) may work better for the daytime... It's non-drowsy, and I know a lot of my friends take it on a regular basis.
As a previous commenter said, it's difficult/annoying to get pseudoephedrine in this country anymore. One has to show ID at a pharmacy to get a box of whatever you're getting, whether that be Sudafed or a store brand equivalent.
Pseudoephederine is only available at the pharmacy counter anymore, and you have to show ID. There are also limits to how much one may purchase at one go, and it's all tracked because pseudoephederine is one of the precursors to methamphetamine.

This, of course, brings up the tricky question of ID, and what a pharmacist or tech would do when presented with, er...what have you got? Swedish passport? They're expecting that elusive California drivers' license, or a few other items on a short list.

On the other hand, I'm willing to swear that you're absolutely not running a meth lab, and to the end of relief of your suffering, I'm willing to be your pigeon.

Also, I happen to have loratadine and *checks collection* diphenhydramine HCl in my medicine cabinet. Loratadine works tolerably (not necessarily completely) for me without making me sleepy. Diphenhydramine makes me stupid with a weird energy spike about three hours in. You're welcome to try both or either, these are both over-the-counter preparations for which I pay very little thanks to my Kaiser HMO membership.

I'm not terribly tied up tomorrow, save Greyhaven tea. Feel free to check in any time after noon if you'd like my help with this.

-- Lorrie
I'll try myself first but if I don't score, I may have to take you up on the pigeon offer.

Ah, right the tea at Greyhaven is a weekly thing. I had missed that. I'll see you there if not before.
I hope you find what you need, and that helps you feel more comfortable.
if you're living in a dusty climate and have sinus problems, you might consider using a neti pot to irrigate your sinuses. You can get them at pharmacies, and the best part is that no drugs are involved- just salt water.

Check it out.
I used to suffer mightily from sinus headaches, and it took a while for the penny to drop and determine that, in fact, they were migraines. I'd say probably 95% of my sinus headaches are migraines, and responded well to migraine meds. For the *real* sinus headaches, I used to use Non-Drowsy Sudafed during the day and Actifed at night. Sometimes I would use generic loratadine (sometimes marketed as Claritin). I must be a good guinea pig for those meds, because they all worked well for me.

During this recent bout of the flu, I was plagued by terrible non-migraine sinus headaches. I was tired of the difficulties of getting pseudoephedrine, so I decided to try the new OTC solution, Sudafed with phenylephrine. I had very low expectations, but I have to say, it worked great for me.

So here's one happy customer anyway.