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      Cold sufferers looking for pseudoephedrine alternatives

      With an ordinance passed by the Kirksville City Council to require a prescription for products containing pseudoephedrine, those who are sick are looking for alternative medication that doesn't require a prescription.

      Pseudoephedrine and ephedrine are considered meth precursor drugs and the ordinance requiring the prescription will go into effect May 1. A number of different medications that are considered nasal decongestants are available over the counter and do the same trick as products including pseudoephedrine. Those medications include the decongestant phenylephrine and saline nasal sprays like Afrin. However, before taking these over-the-counter medications, it is important to consult with a doctor.

      "These medications should probably be run by your physician's office just to make sure that pre-existing medical conditions won't be affected by taking over the counter medication," said Lesley Randoll, a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

      Until the ordinance goes into effect, medications containing pseudoephedrine are sold over-the-counter, but are kept under lock and key. Purchasers are required to sign a log that is tracked by law enforcement.