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Ephedrine Sulfate Solution for injection

What is this medicine?

EPHEDRINE (e FED rin) injection is used to treat low blood pressure in patients who received certain types of anesthesia, underwent a specific type of surgery, or received an overdose of a drug that can lower blood pressure. It is also sometimes used to treat symptoms of asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or other lung disease.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection under the skin, into a muscle or into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • anxiety

  • chest pain

  • confusion

  • dizziness, or fainting spells

  • excessive sweating or inability to cool down after strenuous exercise

  • fast or irregular heartbeat, palpitations

  • hallucinations

  • increased blood pressure

  • pain or difficulty passing urine

  • rapid or troubled breathing

  • severe, persistent, or worsening headache

  • tremor

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • difficulty sleeping

  • dry mouth

  • headache

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea, stomach upset

  • restlessness or nervousness

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, ergoloid mesylates, methysergide, or ergot-type medication

  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

  • medicines for colds and breathing difficulties

  • sibutramine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • digoxin

  • diuretics

  • medicines for heart disease or high blood pressure

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:

  • blood vessel disease

  • diabetes

  • glaucoma

  • heart disease

  • high blood pressure

  • over active thyroid

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ephedrine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 4/20/2009
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