Pseudoephedrine & ephedrine (P medicines)

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Pseudoephedrine and ephedrine are used as decongestants. However, there are legal restrictions on the quantities that can be sold or supplied without a prescription, due to their potential for misuse.

Pharmacists can use this guide to understand the legal restrictions on the sale and supply of products containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine. There’s also advice on how to LOOK and LISTEN for possible signs of misuse and REPORT your suspicions.

Updated: 26 October 2022

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  • Key messages
  • Pseudoephedrine and ephedrine potential for misuse 
  • Selling or supplying pseudoephedrine or ephedrine products 
  • LOOK and LISTEN for possible signs of misuse
  • REPORT your suspicions
  • Further information

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