I am taking almost 20 sudafed pills a day to give me energy because they are no longer working and now I want to stop. Can I just stop or do I have to do this gradually? I started last October and it slowly built up to this amount. I am scared now that I might be doing damage to my body. Does anyone have any advice for me? I want to stop as soon as possible.
you may well have become dependant on sudafed as you have low dopamine levels, this can be addressed by diet & taking supplements such as L-Tyrosine (the pre-cursor to dopamine) & s-Ame tablets. I would strongly advise getting professional advice about this as long term pseudo-ephedrine (the active ingredient in sudafed) destroys dopamine receptors. It will as you have found out, end up making your symptoms worse.
Today, I went to a psychiatrist for my depression. We talked about my taking of Sudafed every day: I am depressed unless I take Sudafed. The psychiatrist normally prescribes drugs for depression, but because of my Sudafed addiction, she believes that I must stop the Sudafed for at least six months, get over the addiction, and then see if I still need antidepressants. The only reason I take Sudafed is because of the high I get from it. It makes me able to work faster and better and longer. Then, I take Sominex so that I can sleep. She is seeing if there is a hospital program that I can get into to help me with my addiction.
Pseudoephedrine is a "cousin" of amphetamine, albeit a much weaker one when it comes to the stimulant effect. Think of it as something like methadone is to heroin, and in my case, it has helped to get over an period of amphetamine use that was getting out of control.
These days I'm decreasing my Sudafed intake considerably and I even have a few days without it lately. What makes the big difference to me is daily aerobic activities (jogging or swimming, not weights), second is keeping myself busy into something interesting and the third is limiting alcohol intake, along with a balance diet and a vitamin supplement on top.
I believe that should at least considerably limit your need for the stimulant.
Also you'll notice the less you take it, the more emphatic you'll feel towards life overall so stopping its use has its positive mental benefits which you should start noticing if you follow the above.
Good luck and take care,
Dominik. I started out taking Actifed which is bascally the same as sudafed but it has 60mgs. of the pseudoephedrine in it per pill versus the 30mg in a sudafed tablet has in it. I at one point was taking almost 24 tablets of the Actifed every day for the same reason as the poster "loopykinky" said that it gave him energy. I'm now down to about 8 pills a day, but overall I've been taking this crap for almost twenty years and it's proven to be a real B**** to come off of. Who would ever believe that you could become addicted to this stuff? I didn't! Then when they signed that new law prohibiting how much of it you could buy at one time really put a damper on things for a lot of people myself included. You're right about one thing though and even though I'm not off of them completely yet, I still notice a difference in the way I feel overall, better for sure. Sudafed or Actifed isn't any different than any other illegal or legal drug on the market today, they're all addciting. Good Luck to you! Peace
Its great to hear about stopping the pills. Don't stop the pills immediately, stop the pills gradually by reducing the count intake of pills. Stopping suddenly makes you to face symptoms.