Today in "The War on My Sinuses" news

I tried to buy Sudafed today and was told, "the portal is down". The Sudafed Portal is down you guys. "Can't you sell it to me anyway?" "No."

Of course this is not a problem if you're the Meth-Head-in-Chief:

JRehling:

In 2016, Trump posted a photo of himself that gave away more than he intended. An open desk drawer revealed box after box of Sudafed, piled on top of one another.

Even stranger, although the photo was taken in New York, the boxes include a type that is only sold in the United Kingdom, with a different box and distinctive ingredients not found in the U.S.

Sudafed is sometimes used for a high that includes increased alertness, but also has a side effect of pupil dilation.

Abuse of this drug was rare, but in order to limits its abuse, regulations were passed limiting the frequency in which an individual could purchase it, and requiring the individual show ID.

The desk drawer full of Sudafed, including boxes in New York purchased in the UK indicate that the legal limits of purchase are being circumvented, and that the then-candidate Trump was abusing Sudafed for its high rather than its decongestant effect.

Beyond pupil dilation, more serious side effects include hallucinations and paranoid psychosis.

It is very concerning for the entire planet that someone with access to nuclear weapons is showing signs of abusing a drug that leads to paranoid psychosis.

A desk drawer full of a controlled substance, however benign, shows signs that someone is systematically circumventing the law. The side effects of a cold drug are particularly concerning in this case, and this is a threat to the security of the United States and the world.

CaslerNoel:

Trump snorted Adderall all thru the day on 'Apprentice' he also ate UK. Sudafed like candy. But at night and at parties he switched to cocaine and high-end Methamphetamine that was hand-delivered by Bikers. The point is he was always high. That hasn't changed.

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14 Responses:

  1. Kyle Huff says:

    More likely he has it randomly purchased for him on demand, and the rest of the box goes into a drawer until the end of time.

  2. PeterL says:

    Instead of Sudafed, try nasal irrigation.
    http://piaw.blogspot.com/search/label/nasal%20irrigation (See also the comments)
    (Both SinuPulse and HydroMed have worked well for me)

  3. Andrew Klossner says:

    In Oregon, we need a doctor's prescription to buy real Sudafed. That was imposed to suppress local manufacture of meth. As a result, Mexican imports increased to fill demand. We outsourced drug production, and now local drug artisans can't make a living.

  4. Chris says:

    Weirdly the UK Sudafed is phenylephrine, not pseudoephedrine. So he’s getting a whole lot of placebo effect.

    • Bob says:

      The real Sudafed is behind the counter. Just ask for it.
      I tend to buy the generic since it’s cheaper. Also behind the counter.

  5. Carl W. says:

    Is Sudafed good for sinus relief? (Never tried since in my country it seems to be non-existent.)

    • Nick Lamb says:

      Some people, including our host, experience a considerable improvement in symptoms from taking a drug called pseudoephedrine.

      Sudafed historically is mostly a way to take pseudoephedrine. The brand is essentially synonymous today with the resulting relief of symptoms.

      Unfortunately pseudoephedrine is also abused, and so lots of places restrict access to it. But Sudafed's owners have a valuable brand name. Where it's hard to promote pseudoephedrine as a non-prescription drug they reformulate their product to offer a different drug that many people like JWZ do not find effective. From their point of view this Sudafed is an imposter, a poor facsimile.

      So, if you have sinus problems you should seek out pseudoephedrine and see if it helps you or not. Unless you live in a lawless hellhole the actual boxes of Sudafed on store shelves should very specifically say if it has pseudoephedrine in it, the pamphlets inside and so on will also tell you the truth - but you may find online box art, shelf edge labels and other marketing materials says "Pseudoephedrine" when the Sudafed available doesn't have any, or even occasionally the opposite. So you will need to check the boxes. If there aren't any boxes of "Sudafed" try other medicines that claim to treat sinus pain in particular, but checking specifically for the ingredient "pseudoephedrine".

      If you find that it's not available, but you have sinus pain, go see a medic (unless that's prohibitively expensive where you are) and suggest they prescribe you some pseudoephedrine to see if that helps (don't say Sudafed, specifically ask about pseudoephedrine). As far as I know no country has actually banned it, so a doctor can definitely prescribe it to you even if you find it hard to just buy in a store.

      Worst case, you find out it doesn't help.

    • Chris says:

      Seconding that pseudoephedrine is the only over-the-counter thing that's remotely good for sinuses. Phenylephrine is junk. There's a non zero change it might not work for you but it does work well for a lot of people.

  6. Tyler says:

    I'm not sure if I should feel relief at understanding why he is the way he is, or panic because we're completely fucked.

  7. Alex says:

    I checked this in our official pharmacopeia (medicines.org.uk). It's not quite true that the British version has pseudoephedrine - it depends which of the ten or so sub-versions you're looking at. For example, the Sinus Pressure and Pain version contains pseudoephedrine and ibuprofen and you have to ask a pharmacist for it, while the Sinus Pain one has phenylephrine and ibuprofen.

    The particular sub-brand in the drawer has two different, colour-coded capsules in the box, one for day, one for night. Both contain phenylephrine and paracetamol, neither pseudoephedrine, but the day ones also contain a decent whack of caffeine, so maybe he just guzzles the days and bins the nights?

    Reference: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/search?createFilters=True&filters=attributes%5Bspc%5D&q=Sudafed

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