3.10 Systemic nasal decongestants

Many of these products are cheap to buy and are readily available, along with advice, from pharmacies. Some self-care medicines are available in shops and supermarkets. Please click here for further information and a patient leaflet

  • Tablets 60mg (£1.08 = 20 tablets)
  • ElixirSF 30mg in 5ml (£1.50 = 100ml)


  • Decongestant


  • 60mg 3–4 times daily
  • Child 6–12 years 30mg 3–4 times daily


  1. Pseudoephedrine is available to be purchased over the counter.
  2. Systemic nasal decongestants are of doubtful value but unlike the preparations for local application they do not give rise to rebound nasal congestion.
  3. Sympathomimetics should be avoided in patients with hypertension, hyperthyroidism, coronary heart disease, or diabetes, and in patients taking monoamine-oxidase inhibitors


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