SUDAFED® SINUS + PAIN RELIEF TABLETS
Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, Paracetamol
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief Tablets.
It does not contain all the available information.It does not take the place of talking to your pharmacist or doctor.
All medicines have risks and benefits.Your pharmacist or doctor has weighed the risks of you taking SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief is used for
SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief provides effective relief from sinus pain and congestion.
Pseudoephedrine belongs to a group of medicines called sympathomimetic decongestants. It works by reducing congestion in the upper respiratory tract, including the nose, nasal passages and sinuses, and making it easier to breathe.
Paracetamol works to stop the pain messages from getting through to the brain. It also acts in the brain to reduce fever.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions about this medicine.
Your pharmacist or doctor may have given it for another reason.
This medicine is only available from your pharmacist.
Before you take SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief
When you must not take it
Do not take SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief if you have an allergy to:
any medicine containing pseudoephedrine
any medicine containing paracetamol
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
shortness of breath
wheezing or difficulty breathing
rash, itching or hives on the skin.
Do not take this medicine if you have:
very high blood pressure
severe coronary artery disease (heart disease caused by poor blood flow or narrowing of the blood vessels of the heart)
taken monoamine oxidase inhibitors, medicines used to treat depression, in the last 14 days.
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Before you start to take it
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
high blood pressure
overactive thyroid gland
heart disease and poor blood flow in the blood vessels of the heart
glaucoma (high pressure in the eyes)
liver or kidney disease
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Your pharmacist or doctor will discuss the benefits and possible risks of taking the medicine during pregnancy.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about taking if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Small amounts of pseudoephedrine pass into the breast milk. Your pharmacist or doctor will discuss the potential benefits and risks of taking the medicine if you are breastfeeding.
If you have not told your pharmacist or doctor about any of the above, tell him/her before you start taking SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief.
Taking other medicines
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you get without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief may interfere with each other.These include:
medicines used to treat depression, especially monoamine oxidase inhibitors
medicines used to treat heart conditions
medicines used to treat high blood pressure
medicines used to treat urinary tract infections and bladder problems
medicines used to treat behavioural disorders
phenylephrine, a medicine used to treat congestion
warfarin, a medicine used to prevent blood clots
metoclopramide, a medicine used to control nausea and vomiting
medicines used to treat epilepsy or fits
chloramphenicol, an antibiotic used to treat ear and eye infections
These medicines may be affected by SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist will have more information on these and other medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking this medicine.
How to take SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief
Follow all directions given to you by your pharmacist or doctor carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the pack, ask your pharmacist or doctor for help.
How much to take
The recommended dose of SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief, for adults and children 12 years and over, is 1 to 2 tablets 3 to 4 times a day.
Do not exceed 8 tablets in 24 hours.
Do not give this medicine to children under 12 years of age.
Do not take more than the recommended dose.
How long to take it
As SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief contains paracetamol, take only for a few days at a time unless your doctor tells you to take it for longer.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, you may take a dose as soon as you remember if you think you need it.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
While you are using SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief
Things you must do
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor if your symptoms do not improve, worsen, or if new symptoms appear.
Your pharmacist or doctor will assess your condition and decide if you should continue to take the medicine.
Things you must not do
Do not take this medicine for more than a few days at a time unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not take more than the recommended dose unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not take SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief to treat any other complaints unless your pharmacist or doctor tells you to.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief affects you.
This medicine may cause dizziness in some people. If this happens, do not drive or operate machinery.
Only drink small quantities of alcohol while taking SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief.
Drinking large quantities of alcohol while taking paracetamol may increase the risk of liver side effects.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief.
This medicine helps most people with sinus pain and congestion, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
nausea, vomiting or dyspepsia
fear or anxiety
rapid or irregular heart beat
raised blood pressure
small bumps on the skin with or without fever or reddening of the skin.
The above list includes the more common side effects of your medicine. They are usually mild.
Children and people over 65 years of age may have an increased chance of getting side effects.
If any of the following happen, discontinue use, and tell your pharmacist or doctor immediately or go to Accident and
Emergency at your nearest hospital:
shortness of breath
wheezing or difficulty breathing
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
skin reddening, blisters, rash, itching or hives on the skin.
The above list includes very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are very rare for low doses of this medicine and when used for a short period of time.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
After using SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief
Keep your medicine in the original pack until it is time to take.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.
Do not store SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep your medicine where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
Ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over, or if the expiry date has passed.
What it looks like
SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief are white, round, flat, uncoated tablets with wide bevelled edges. They are scored and coded ‘P3F’ on one face, and the other face is plain.
SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief tablets are available in blister packs of 24 tablets.
SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief tablets contain 30 mg of pseudoephedrine hydrochloride and 500 mg of paracetamol as the active ingredients.
SUDAFED® Sinus + Pain Relief tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients:
sodium starch glycollate
pregelatinised wheat starch
This medicine does not contain lactose, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
Name and Address of Sponsor
Johnson & Johnson Pacific
45 Jones Street
Ultimo NSW 2007
SUDAFED is a registered trademark.
This leaflet was prepared in September 2018.
Australian Register Number:
AUST R 63230