Phenylpropanolamine

Phenylpropanolamine is a decongestant used to relieve the symptoms of coldssinusitisallergies and hay fever.

Pronunciation: fe-NIL-pro-pa-nola-MEEN

What are phenylpropanolamine’s uses?

Phenylpropanolamine is used in the treatment of nasal and chest congestion associated with allergies, hay fever, the common cold, sinusitis and bronchitis.

What dosage should you take?

For adults, the recommended dosage is 25mg every four hours.

However, first check the correct dosages with your Clicks pharmacist, including paediatric doses.

What special precautions should you take?

  • Do not take this medication if you have taken an MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitor), a class of antidepressant, in the last 14 days. 
  • Phenylpropanolamine may cause dizziness and drowsiness, so it’s advised to not drive or use heavy machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.
  • Limit alcohol intake when taking this medication.
  • Do not take phenylpropanolamine for longer than seven days.
  • Do not take phenylpropanolamine if you are breastfeeding.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant before taking this medicine.
  • The elderly should take caution when taking this medication as the side effects may be more pronounced. It is advised that a lower dose of the short-acting medication be administered.
  • The liquid preparation may contain sugar, alcohol and aspartame. Caution should be taken if you have diabetes, an alcohol dependence or liver disease. Seek advice from our doctor.
  • Keep out of reach of children. Caution should always be taken with cold and cough medication as misuse in children can be fatal.
  • Phenylpropanolamine has been associated with an increased risk of haemorrhagic stroke in women.

Phenylpropanolamine should be avoided if you suffer from the following conditions:

Phenylpropanolamine should be used with caution if you suffer from the following conditions:

What drug interactions could you experience?

As a rule, always inform your doctor or Clicks pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or planning to take to ensure you don’t suffer the effects of adverse drug interactions.

What are phenylpropanolamine’s side effects?

Side effects could include:

This is not a complete list of side effects. It’s essential that you call your doctor should you notice any severe or odd side effects.

What are the overdose symptoms?

Call a doctor or the ambulance immediately if use of this medication causes the following symptoms:

  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion or agitation
The accuracy of this information was checked and approved by Clicks' pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman in August 2015