Pseudoephedrine in India

#1 Dec 10th, 2014, 12:56
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Hi all,

Just wondering what is the best equivalent of Claritin-D or Sudafed here in India. Non-drowsy if possible :-)

Also I read somewhere that Claritin-D itself is being marketed in India nowadays. Is that true and if so where can I get some in Chennai?

Thanks.
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Google is a great help on this sort of stuff. Try <active-ingredient> India for equivalents or <brand-name> India for availability. Or both!

(of course, you're welcome to ask here too )
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Good to hear from you Nick! Hope you are doing well.

I did try the Google route. But I didn't know the "active ingredient" keyword could to be used! Well! Live and learn :-)

So I did run into dozens of such drugs on google. Perhaps someone here can recommend a brand with sufficient strength. I mean there are several drugs where Pseudoephedrine is listed as an ingredient, but seems like its not in a big component of the drug. In fact it appears that even sudafed is available in India but I just don't seem to get in the stores I go to. Maybe there is even a nice generic that people are using :-)
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Generally, one gets the best answers to these things if a doc or pharmacist is passing by. There are not so many of them around here. Recently, I got such information on Team-BHP, for an antihistamine ointment or lotion --- but there are more active medical pros on that forum.

Of course, one way to get info from a doctor is ...the obvious one. Have you tried asking an actual physical doc?
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I'm sure it's not locked up in a glass case like it is here and you don't have to sign your life away to get it. damn those meth cookers.
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Tried to get it for the 'khumbu cough' and persistent rhinitis. several pharmacists indicated that it is forbidden in India. Seeing as they gladly doled out some serious antibiotics which would only be prescription level in the UK, I assume they were right. I havent seen anti-congestant/cold/flu medicine in India that contains any of that sort of stuff.
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What about diphenhydramine? It's one of the oldest antihistamines, and is a very effective sleep aid, but I haven't found it in India.
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Google suggests it's available, but your actual-experience report may be more accurate.
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Originally Posted by Triptophane View Post Hi all,

Just wondering what is the best equivalent of Claritin-D or Sudafed here in India. Non-drowsy if possible :-)

Also I read somewhere that Claritin-D itself is being marketed in India nowadays. Is that true and if so where can I get some in Chennai?

Thanks.
There seems to be quite a lot of brands , have a look :
http://www.drugsupdate.com/brand/sho...ablebrands/841

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Originally Posted by NonIndianResident View Post What about diphenhydramine? It's one of the oldest antihistamines, and is a very effective sleep aid, but I haven't found it in India.
There are a huge number of local brands , this is what a simple Google search yields

http://www.drugsupdate.com/brand/sho...ablebrands/807
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looks like the active ingredient in Claritin is loratadine

Here is a list of comparable brands in India.
http://www.drugsupdate.com/brand/sho...ablebrands/277
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Originally Posted by WayFarer View Post There seems to be quite a lot of brands , have a look :
http://www.drugsupdate.com/brand/sho...ablebrands/841



There are a huge number of local brands , this is what a simple Google search yields

http://www.drugsupdate.com/brand/sho...ablebrands/807
Wow, that's useful. It gives me confidence that if I ask in enough local pharmacies, I should eventually find one that carries diphenhydramine. Thanks.
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Happened to login after a Loooong time. Was just passing thru this old thread. I do thank all of you for your responses. Btw I gave up after a brief search. I did get someone to get sudafed from the US. But after reading what GiriPriya has to say, perhaps it wasn't so wise.
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Pseudoephedrine in India

Hello!

There was one very powerful knock-out antihistamine available, brand name Avil, I think... But it was banned a few years ago.

Still, I have recently prescribed/purchased antihistamines of both sleepy and non-sleepy kind in the medicine box.
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Xylometazoline branded under Otrivine in the UK may be a substitute for rhinitis/bad colds. Don't know if it's available in India and you shouldn't use it for more that 7 days but it's far better for a bad head cold symptoms that sudafed. ITs an over counter drug here. The other alternative is a salt water pressure spray such a Sterimar - probably unavailable in India but you can busk one together with a squeeze bottle with a fine nozzle - it's an update of the old yogic/Ayurvedic remedy of a snorting salt water to clear the nose.

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