Tuesday, January 06, 2009

It’s pseudoephedrine or nothing (phenylephrine is useless!)

I had been so proud of myself, effectively staving off the attempts of 2 loved ones to infect me with their plague. I washed my hands, they washed their hands. They were good about only kissing me on the cheek. I was eating healthfully and drinking plenty. Alas, I succumbed on Christmas day.

Now, last year I had a rather awful bout of plague that lasted approximately a month. At the time, my physician had “re-educated” me to the fact that colds *used* to last 7-10 days. In these fast-paced times colds now last an average of 14 days. If I’m not feeling significantly better by the weekend I’m going in. I’ve had enough.

Granted, on the scale of cold-related annoyingness, this one scores comparatively low. I don’t think I have a fever. I don’t have a terribly runny nose. I coughed before bed the first few nights. My chest is clear. But my ears do pop. Occasionally my sinuses hurt. Biggest complaint: my ass is dragging. I feel like I could sleep for 3 days straight.

Per the suggestion of some MD friends (ahem, thank you for the free med advice!) I got myself some Sudafed PE right off the shelf. Little did I know that they kept the good stuff in the back! Off the shelf has phenylephrine as the active ingredient. I’m not sure what enzyme I need to metabolize this stuff, but I obviously don’t have it. It’s done nothing for me. [By the way, if any of you do happen to know why this wouldn’t work for me, I’d be interested to know without having to do any research on my own, of course].

Today, after much convincing by my coworker, I obtained the good shit. The pseudoephedrine they keep behind the counter. They had to copy down my license number and I had to sign a form and everything. I took some today and felt *much* better. I’m almost excited to see what tomorrow brings!

I also restocked on my NyQuil. Love that stuff, too. Aside from hard liquor it’s one of the few things that I can actually feel warming my esophagus and stomach as it goes down. Kinda creepy and kind of cool at the same time. Always makes me shiver when I drink it.

Any other cold remedies you recommend?

9 Comments:

Blogger Just a Doc said...

Loratidine (Claritin) is amazing. No drowsiness, works wonders. And you're so right -- Sudafed is the bomb. I don't care that it's a hassle with the license, etc. That other stuff just doesn't work. I don't know why, it just sucks.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Lil Kate said...

I've been taking loratidine daily for over year - so I already have that base covered. :)

7:22 AM  
Blogger DK said...

Didn't I tell you the PE was useless? I think you once thanked me for the suggestion, but I really think phenylephrine is crap unless you spray it up your nose. Or, you know, have really low blood pressure in the ICU...

Have you tried using a neti pot? It's messy, but can help if you actually use it more that once...

9:16 AM  
Blogger Chris B. said...

Drink. (Booze.)

And I wholeheartedly endorse dumping a bunch of water through your nose parts. It's just so cool. It all comes out the other side!

8:28 AM  
Blogger Chris B. said...

At least, I hope it all comes out...

8:28 AM  
Blogger Chris B. said...

Ah, crap. Now I gotta do it with a measuring cup in the other hand.

8:29 AM  
Blogger kogdog said...

Thanks to the meth dealers for ruining decongestants for the rest of us. Fine if they want to take my drivers licences, but dont try to sell us somethink that doesnt work for anyone. Pheynlephrine is as useless as a placedo. Its like selling Decafe coffe to a tired truck driver!
FYI make sure u get your Nyquil from behind the counter as well as they sell a useless otc version of that also.

11:24 AM  
Blogger kogdog said...

Thanks to the meth dealers for ruining decongestants for the rest of us. Fine if they want to take my drivers licences, but dont try to sell us somethink that doesnt work for anyone. Pheynlephrine is as useless as a placedo. Its like selling Decafe coffe to a tired truck driver!
FYI make sure u get your Nyquil from behind the counter as well as they sell a useless otc version of that also.

11:24 AM  
Blogger kogdog said...

Thanks to the meth dealers for ruining decongestants for the rest of us. Fine if they want to take my drivers licences, but dont try to sell us somethink that doesnt work for anyone. Pheynlephrine is as useless as a placedo. Its like selling Decafe coffe to a tired truck driver!
FYI make sure u get your Nyquil from behind the counter as well as they sell a useless otc version of that also.

11:24 AM  

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