You know the Sudafed that you can still buy without handing over your license so that they can be sure you’re not using it to make meth? Yeah. That stuff doesn’t work.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. â€” University of Florida pharmacists say a popular decongestant in over-the-counter medications is ineffective at the Food and Drug Administrationâ€™s approved dose.
Phenylephrine is making its way into oral cold and allergy medications in response to new federal restrictions on the sale of pseudoephedrine, an industry standard decongestant that can be used to illegally produce methamphetamine.
As the late September deadline to move medications containing pseudoephedrine behind the counter looms, many pharmaceutical companies are reformulating some of their common cold and allergy medications to keep them readily available on store shelves. Most companies are switching to phenylephrine, which cannot be used to make methamphetamine.
But in a peer-reviewed letter to the editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, UF pharmacists Leslie Hendeles and Randy Hatton warn that phenylephrine is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream and will not work as well as medications containing pseudoephedrine. Hendeles, an FDA consultant who served on the agencyâ€™s pulmonary advisory committee for six years, said the FDA should further investigate the drug as more companies are beginning to use it.
â€œWhen it is ingested, it becomes inactivated somewhere between the gut and the liver,â€ Hendeles said. â€œMore research needs to be done to determine whether higher doses can be effective and safe.â€
I did an experiment with Sudafed on an unsuspecting but rhinovirus suffering Mrs. C once. I gave her the fake Sudafed with phenylephrine which did nothing to relieve her symptoms. Then I secretly replaced her phenylephrine Sudafed with the pseudoephedrine Sudafed that I was using in my underground meth lab which alleviated all of her symptoms and made her feel almost like a human being again.
On a different day I tried replacing her coffee with Sanka and she scalded me with it. The moral of the story is you can mess around with cold medication but never fuck with coffee.