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Sinutab / Sudafed equivalent

Hi All, can anyone recommend a Sudafed / Sinutab equivalent in Switzerland. Something over the counter that helps clear the sinus. I guess it’s primarily Pseudoephedrine. I need something lactose free. Mainly thanks.
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Re: Sinutab / Sudafed equivalent

Not quite the same as Sudafed, but I usually take Pretuval for the things I would have taken Sudafed back home. Pretuval contains Pseudoephedrin but also paracetemol and dextromethorphan, so perhaps it might not be appropriate for your use. No idea if Pretuval is lactose free, or not.

See the compendium:

https://compendium.ch/product/131847...ltung-filmtabl


Do you have a Sudafed or Sinutab package? If so, bring it to an Apotheke and ask the pharmacist to recommend an appropriate substitute, stress the lactose issue.

(Ask the pharmacist, not the clerk behind the counter!)
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Re: Sinutab / Sudafed equivalent

Not the same thing at all but I find Sinupret forte works pretty well for clearing sinuses.

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Re: Sinutab / Sudafed equivalent

Some info here aswell

https://www.englishforum.ch/family-m...edication.html
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Not the same thing at all but I find Sinupret forte works pretty well for clearing sinuses.
I was given it when I had an infection, I was quite sceptical at the time but it works well, expensive for a natural product.
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I was given it when I had an infection, I was quite sceptical at the time but it works well, expensive for a natural product.
Expensive here, fraction elsewhere.
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Acupressure points can truly help too. You could Google them.

Since I use those points daily during winter time- I have never suffered from sinusitis as I used to.
Not that I believe at all the reasoning behind acupressure - but my wife and I have discovered that massaging around the sore area on the face leads to some temporary relief from pain. Sometimes it just goes away.
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Re: Sinutab / Sudafed equivalent

There are a few cold / sinus products at the Apothekes here that contain pseudoephedrine. One that I like to keep on hand during the cold season is Fluimucil Grippe Day & Night (photo below). The day packets contain pseudoephedrine (40 mg) as well as Paracetamol 500 mg and Acetylcysteinum 200 mg., which is a low dose expectorant to break up mucus in the sinuses and lungs. It's important to drink lots of water for the expectorant to work effectively. The night tablets can be good to take before bed if you're having trouble sleeping. They contain Paracetamol 500 mg and Chlorophenamini maleas (an antihistamine, which will help you sleep) 4 mg.

I am lactose intolerant but have never had any problems with that product or any sinus or cold medications sold here.

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But do be careful with pseudoephedrine products and what dose you take and when. I once bought a slow-release pseudoephedrine product here that literally had me awake for two or three days, unable to sleep.

Also, if you ever have severe sinus congestion and the resulting headaches, there is another product sold here that is natural (plant-based) that is awesome for immediately clearing the sinuses and providing immediate sinus headache relief. It's called "Prevalin Nasodren." It makes you sneeze like crazy for about 20 seconds after taking it, but then all that stuff finally comes out, clearing your sinuses.

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Chlorophenamini maleas (an antihistamine, which will help you sleep) 4 mg.
You should avoid anticholinergics like the plague.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4358759/
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You should avoid anticholinergics like the plague.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4358759/
Interesting, thanks. That paper states that long-term cumulative use can have those effects, though. It also includes the use of anti-depressants. So perhaps using that antihistamine cold medicine just one night or two is okay?
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Re: Sinutab / Sudafed equivalent

Don‘t know about Sinutab, but Triofan spray is the only solution I‘ve found for sinusitis (chronic in my case). But you can’t take it longer-term, or it will have the effect of making the problem worse. Before a diving trip last year (where you’re not supposed to dive with sinusitis), my doctor prescribed using Mometason-Mepha in daily alternating doses with Triofan. This worked really well.
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Interesting, thanks. That paper states that long-term cumulative use can have those effects, though. It also includes the use of anti-depressants. So perhaps using that antihistamine cold medicine just one night or two is okay?
Sure, it's not going to hurt for occasional use, but just be aware of it. For help sleeping, I'd recommend 3mg of melatonin and 4g of glycine (which I take every night, even though I don't have trouble sleeping - it's for life extension reasons).

Interestingly, Rinoral used to be OTC, but was made Rx in Switzerland a couple of years ago (maybe somebody watched Breaking Bad and freaked out). I take it occasionally in the spring and summer months to alleviate mild hay fever symptoms when I'm doing hard practice runs on my road bike (also interestingly, I take a gram of n-acetylcysteine (don't buy that at the pharmacy - iHerb is much cheaper) at the same time - the combination really opens up the airways).

My doctor gives me an Rx for two packets of Rinoral a year (more than enough), but also tried to persuade me to use an antihistamine nose spray instead. I tried it, but wasn't happy and presented him with a 6-bullet report on why it sucked starting with the loss of smell and taste, going through the dizziness (not ideal on a bike) and ending with the question of why I'd even want to inhibit acetylcholine...
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Re: Sinutab / Sudafed equivalent

Sudafed: paracetamol 500mg, pseudoephedrine 30mg

Swiss option: NeoCitran tablets: paracetamol 500mg, pseudoephedrine 30mg
https://compendium.ch/product/132810...ltung-filmtabl
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Hi All, can anyone recommend a Sudafed / Sinutab equivalent in Switzerland. Something over the counter that helps clear the sinus. I guess it’s primarily Pseudoephedrine. I need something lactose free. Mainly thanks.
The only pure Pseudoephedrine product is Rinoral and it looks like it is lactose free. Rinoral is Rx category B. You will either need a doctors prescription, or it can be also given OTC by a pharmacist on a case by case basis.

All the other products contain paracetamol and are OTC products
https://compendium.ch/search/products?q=Pseudoephedrine

As always these days, be sure it is not COVID-19. Get tested and protects others.
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The only pure Pseudoephedrine product is Rinoral and it looks like it is lactose free. Rinoral is Rx category B. You will either need a doctors prescription, or it can be also given OTC by a pharmacist on a case by case basis.
That Rinoral one is actually the one that had once kept me awake for two or three days. At least the "Rinoral Retardkapseln" (slow-release) one.

Be careful with that! lol. That is, unless you enjoy hallucinating due to sleep-deprivation.
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Hi All, can anyone recommend a Sudafed / Sinutab equivalent in Switzerland. Something over the counter that helps clear the sinus. I guess it’s primarily Pseudoephedrine. I need something lactose free. Mainly thanks.
I have found sinupret actually pretty effective
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Re: Sinutab / Sudafed equivalent

Acupressure points can truly help too. You could Google them.

Since I use those points daily during winter time- I have never suffered from sinusitis as I used to.
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Re: Sinutab / Sudafed equivalent

I second Sinupret Forte, although long days in masks really don't help.
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Re: Sinutab / Sudafed equivalent

Different type of meds but check out Gelomyrtol. Had it from my ENT for years for a chronic sinus infection
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Different type of meds but check out Gelomyrtol. Had it from my ENT for years for a chronic sinus infection
Thank you for reminding me of Gelomyrtol! I had once tried it years ago after a friend suggested it but then I guess I had somehow forgotten about it. It is good stuff!

I also agree about Sinupret Forte. It works really well for sinus pressure headaches. And it doesn't give you any kind of weird "speed buzz" like Pseudoephedrine can.
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