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It 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
               



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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.

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

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 if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

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 should I watch for while using this medicine?

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

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

               
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