Sudafed non-drowsy children's syrup contains the active ingredient pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, which is a type of medicine called a decongestant.
Pseudoephedrine works by acting on alpha receptors that are found in the walls of blood vessels in the linings of the nasal passages and sinuses. It causes these blood vessels to contract and narrow, thereby decreasing blood flow into the linings of the nose and sinuses. This reduces the feeling of congestion and also reduces the production of mucus.
Pseudoephedrine can be used to relieve a blocked nose and sinus congestion associated with colds and flu.
This medicine should not be used if your child is allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if your child has previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel your child has experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all children using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer. For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
If your child is taking any other medicines, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine as well, to make sure that the combination is safe.
You should not give your child other cough and cold medicines, including other decongestant medicines, in combination with this one. Different products may contain the same active ingredient(s) and using more than one at the same time could lead to you exceeding the recommended dose for your child. For further advice talk to your pharmacist.
This medicine should not be taken by children currently taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressant (eg phenelzine, isocarboxazid, tranylcypromine or moclobemide), or who have taken one of these medicines in the last 14 days. This is because the combination could cause a dangerous rise in blood pressure.
If pseudoephedrine is taken with any of the following medicines, the combination may cause an increase in blood pressure. If your child is already taking any of these medicines you should avoid giving them this one as well:
Pseudoephedrine may reduce the effects of medicines to treat high blood pressure (antihypertensives). If your child is taking medicines for high blood pressure you should not give them this medicine.
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A wealth of other cold and flu remedies are available to buy without a prescription. Many of these also contain pseudoephedrine in their ingredients.