Phenylephrine HCL

I’ve been sick the last few days. Usually, I get a cold, it sucks but I take decongestants or cough suppresants or analgesics (or all of the above) and just deal with it. Rarely do I feel the need to just sit and do nothing while the microscopic war is raging inside my system.

Unfortunately, the last two days have been the stay-at-home-avoid-moving-cause-my-head-will-throb-off type of cold. Sinus pressure has built to the point that I expect my head to just blowout like a steam vessel relieving pressure.

Again, normally the decongestant (read: sinus relief) I would take is Pseudoephedrine HCL, but Georgia is now one of the states that locks it behind the counter and requires background checks and waiting periods for purchase so you don’t go home and whip up a batch of meth with that one box. Thusly, aside from two doses I took on Tuesday, all we had for me on Wednesday was Phenylephrine HCL.

It does not cut the mustard.

So, happy readers, if you are sick and need relief, stay away from Sudafed PE, and go straight for the good stuff. Thankfully, I remembered that I keep some pseudoephedrine in my work bag for situations such as this one, so today will be ok, until I run out and need to go to the pharmacy and get strip searched to purchase more.

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3 Responses to Phenylephrine HCL

  1. Mebbie says:

    Oh yes, I hate that knee-jerk law. We don’t want meth houses popping up everywhere so we are going to make anybody who needs a decongestant get a full body cavity search. That makes sense! Duh… In VA they make you sign a statement with the pharmacist and they swipe your license (with the mag strip). I haven’t tried to buy it here in NC but I see all the little signs in the store telling me to see the pharmacist for my decongestants.

    The stupidity reminds me of the time that certain stores in VA stopped openly selling the triple Gillette Excel razors because supposedly gangs were using them to cut drugs. How do you manage to break apart a triple razor blade without slicing yourself up? Seems to me the resulting blood letting might contaminate the fine product eh? And aren’t straight razor blades from Home Depot a whole lot cheaper?!?

  2. Amy says:

    Indiana has had a similar law for over a year now. It has lead to me stocking up on Sudafed type meds when I’m at home in NY or travelling through Canada. It just seems simpler that way.

  3. psychowoof says:

    MA holds meds containing Pseudoephedrine behind the register counter (at least at my local CVS), don’t know what process you have to go through when getting said drugs as I haven’t tried yet.

    I’ll agree with you that the Phenylephrine HCL doesn’t do shit for serious head congestion.

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