Know the facts and connect with support to help you address known or suspected substance use with your child.
Pseudoephedrine is a stimulant found in over-the-counter decongestant medications. Medically, it is used to treat congestion associated with allergies, hay fever, sinus irritation, and the common cold. Pseudoephedrine is also used as a key ingredient in the production of the illicit drug methamphetamine.
Signs of use include nausea, nervousness, headache, difficulty sleeping, stomach pain, and fast, pounding or irregular heartbeat. If you’re concerned your child may be misusing pseudoephedrine or other substances, the following can help you address the behavior more effectively.