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Was doing fine until my doctor told me to take Sudafed for a stuffy nose. Had a severely bad reaction, brain fog/tachycardia and symptoms worsened.

Never had brain fog as a symptom of the condition. 

by the way my version is the mdma induced.

been severely depressed for 3 months. Before that was living with the condition for several years and was doing great. Can I get back to my baseline? Feeling like shit, spaced out.

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Sorry to hear about your struggles.  I do not personally have experience with Sudafed but I do know this condition is strange and can react to various things.  I think we can always recover just give it time.   I tell everyone the same thing:

  • Stop all drugs (even alcohol for a bit if you can) 
  • Get as much sleep as you can 
  • Exercise regularly even if it makes your symptoms worse
  • Eat well 
  • Stay busy with work/ school/ hobby etc
  • Try not to worry 
  • Learn to meditate if you can (this was really helpful for me) 
  • If you're open to it, start praying to God (it doesn't have to be any particular religion and you don't even have to believe in anything just ask for help on your knees everyday.  I really believe help will come if we reach out)

Eventually things will steady out.  Try not to focus on your problem, just let things go and let your body do the work.  Does one obsess over the flu or a cold? no we let our autonomous systems do their thing and trust we will get better.  Focusing on the problem for me usually makes it bigger than it is and distracts me from the good in my life. 

Hang in there, you'll get better. 

Take Care,


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That is interesting, weed for me almost always throws me off (THC heavy that is).  Again just try and relax and give it time.  If you've recovered once you can recover again.  I have made multiple recoveries from using psychedelics with HPPD. 

I just had a thought, since you said your HPPD was from MDMA I wonder if that's what's responsible for your reaction.  Mine is mostly from LSD and cannabis is notoriously linked to bringing back the headspace and visuals.  I don't know much about Sudafed but I do know one can make meth from it and MDMA is an amphetamine.  

Anyway, hang in there.

Take Care,


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It could be a phycological response in either case. Something about cannabis or Sudafed respectivley reminds the user of a certain experience, thus activating flight or fight in a negative way.

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