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What is Pseudoephedrine?

Pseudoephedrine is the active ingredient in the cold and sinus congestion medication, Sudafed. Sudafed is used to relieve cold symptoms, including nasal congestion and sinus pressure. It works by shrinking mucous membranes and decreasing inflammation in the nasal passageways.

You will most commonly find Sudafed as small, round tablets with a red coating. However, pseudoephedrine is also sometimes used as an ingredient in the cold in flu medications that also treat fever, sore throat, or other cold symptoms. In this case, you may find the medicine in a gel capsule or syrup form.

Another common reason that pseudoephedrine is abused is in hopes of it helping with weight loss. Many people believe that it can be used for this reason, but this is not a healthy way to control one’s weight. The use of Sudafed or any other drug containing pseudoephedrine for weight loss is a sign of a potential eating disorder or body dysphoria, and professional treatment may be needed.

Some forms of Sudafed are sold over the counter, but others are only available behind the counter. You will have to present your identification anytime you purchase Sudafed and are limited to a certain number of boxes within a set amount of time.

Although it is not a highly addictive substance, it is not difficult to find ways to use the drug to get high. Most commonly, pseudoephedrine-based medications are purchased to be used to create crystal meth or methamphetamine. In this form, the drug is highly addictive and harmful to a person’s health.


Pseudoephedrine Addiction Treatment Programs

When someone is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, seeking treatment is the most important step they can take for their recovery. Beyond treatment programs, we always recommend our patients choose different types of therapies and support groups, including narcotics Anonymous.

Medical Detox

If someone is addicted to pseudoephedrine, it is likely that they are either using other substances as well or that they are struggling with another related health issue. Any addiction or mental health issue associated with pseudoephedrine abuse can be treated with the help of a professionally trained and experienced team.

With a detox process at treatment centers, we ensure the patient’s safety and make the withdrawal phase as comfortable as possible by minimizing withdrawal symptoms and using medication-assisted treatment services to guarantee a complete detoxification process. 

Inpatient Program

Following detox, if necessary, patients can enter an addiction treatment and live at the addiction rehab facility while they complete our recovery program for drug addiction or eating disorders. Learn more about our pseudoephedrine addiction rehab center. Medication-assisted treatment is paired with behavioral therapies to address the underlying causes of addiction.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Following residential or inpatient treatment, patients often benefit from enrolling in an intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) program for continuing care. In IOP, patients continue addiction treatment for pseudoephedrine. However, they have the flexibility to return to work, school, or transition to sober living while continuing to dedicate time to treatment programming. Learn more about our intensive outpatient treatment program.

Aftercare Program

Aftercare services for pseudoephedrine addiction, or eating disorders, are available through outpatient treatment. Once a patient completes a higher level of treatment, they can continue to receive individual and group therapy services on an ongoing basis while residing in sober or independent living. Learn more about our addiction rehab aftercare program.

Learn More About Pseudoephedrine Addiction

Pseudoephedrine dependency can lead to many physical and psychological effects that can have long-term consequences. However, because of the severe consequences of withdrawal symptoms, having the right support system is critical to prevent deadly outcomes. 

Is Pseudoephedrine Addictive?

Although pseudoephedrine is not physically addictive, it can be used to create crystal meth and other drugs that are highly addictive. In addition, when someone becomes addicted to Sudafed or any variations of drugs whose active ingredient is pseudoephedrine, they are often also abusing other medications, or they are using them in an attempt to lose weight. With that, it is possible to develop an addiction to pseudoephedrine.

It’s essential to learn about drug interactions. Many users will combine different medicines. This practice can lead to developing a substance use disorder, mainly when using the extended-release tablet, which can provide 12 hours of effects.

Signs of Pseudoephedrine Abuse

Since pseudoephedrine is not as easy to purchase as it once was, one significant sign that someone is addicted to Sudafed or crystal meth is asking others to buy Sudafed for them.

Another sign will be if you do see them with large amounts of Sudafed. Pseudoephedrine is widely used in pill form, and if you come across unidentified pills, checking online at “Pill Identifier” or another prescription identification service can help you determine whether the drugs are pseudoephedrine or not.

Signs that someone may have a problem with crystal meth made from pseudoephedrine are aggression, extreme changes in personality or habits, insomnia and lack of appetite, financial issues, hyperactivity, mania, and secretive behavior. If you think your loved one is abusing pseudoephedrine or suffering from an eating disorder, contact our staff today for a free and confidential assessment.

How to Seek Help

If you believe that you or someone you care about is struggling with pseudoephedrine or a related addiction, getting help from a professional addiction treatment team is critical. Depending on any other substances being used, the first step for treatment may be a medical detox program.

Depending on the exact substances being abused, detox symptoms may vary. Detox is followed by an array of different possible treatment options. Personalized treatment plans help give each individual the best chance at recovery. 

Talk to an Admission Specialist

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we want our patients to feel comfortable in their environment to remain focused on what is truly important, their recovery. We’re here to answer any questions you might have about the risks of drug abuse and to learn more about alcohol or drugs addiction treatment.


Our Pseudoephedrine Addiction Treatment Center

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we treat dependence and addiction to pseudoephedrine with individual and group therapy combined with medication-assisted treatment and holistic approaches. Each client can meet with a therapist on a one-on-one basis to work on mental health struggles, join group therapy sessions to meet peers, develop a support network, and address medical conditions with our staff doctor. Our doctor will also help identify an effective medication regimen for each patient.

Does Insurance Cover Pseudoephedrine Addiction Rehab?

Insurance policies typically provide some level of coverage for addiction recovery and treatment options. In many cases, insurance companies may approve a certain level of care or length of care that they will pay for depending on the doctor’s recommendations, the client’s medical status, and several other factors. As a result, the criteria for coverage can vary from one insurance company to another.

If you or a loved one needs rehab for a pseudoephedrine-related addiction, our admissions office can answer any questions you have about insurance coverage and payment options. Call our office to talk with a compassionate admissions coordinator who can help verify your insurance benefits and direct you on how to get the help you need. 

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Learn More About Addiction Treatment

Are all programs the same?

No. Our addiction treatment programs are designed and personalized to match your individual needs and your addiction.

Is alcohol rehab the same?

No. While the structure might be similar, alcohol addiction affects the brain differently, and we follow specific therapies and treatment programs designed to help those with alcohol use disorder.

Is family involved in treatment?

If possible. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we believe family inclusion in treatment is critical for long-term recovery. Whenever possible, we’ll do our best to incorporate family members into the treatment process. We’ll also assist family members who might be challenging to cope with their loved ones being in rehab. People in recovery need the support of family and friends to make progress, so we often invite family members to form support groups during therapy. 

Do you use medications?

If needed. For specific addictions, a medication-assisted treatment program might be beneficial, particularly during the early recovery stages. Medications can help ease withdrawal symptoms, control cravings, and make the recovery process easier on those in treatment.

How long is the treatment?

It depends. Our rehab programs are personalized to address your needs. However, most of our programs range in the 60- to 90-day, with many choosing continuum care after leaving rehab. 

Is detox mandatory?

Most of our patients come to our rehab center after completing our drug and alcohol detox program. Someone must be no longer using substances to start a rehab program. Otherwise, withdrawal symptoms can interfere with treatment and make progress too challenging.

We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.