Posted 9/8/2005 7:12 PM (GMT -7)
Hi Charlotte, There is NO other decongestant available in pill form. At one time, you could get phenylpropanolamine HCL, but the FDA pulled that off the market in Nove 2000 due to an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke. This has turned my life into a nightmare because I'm allergic to pseudoephedrine and so there is not one single OTC or even prescription cold treatment that I can use.
Occasionally, while waiting for presciptions at the pharmacy, I entertain myself by reading the active ingredient lists on the cold medications. Almost all are exactly the same, but boy oh boy, do those prices vary! I have even seen brands where the "extra strength" version has less of the meds in it than the "cold & flu" version.