Highlights for ephedrine
ephedrine Side Effects
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
- chest pain
- dizziness, or fainting spells
- excessive sweating or inability to cool down after strenuous exercise
- fast or irregular heartbeat, palpitations
- increased blood pressure
- pain or difficulty passing urine
- rapid or troubled breathing
- severe, persistent, or worsening headache
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
- loss of appetite
- nausea, stomach upset
- restlessness or nervousness
ephedrine May Interact with Other Medications
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
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- medicines for heart disease or high blood pressure
How to Use ephedrine
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.
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
- blood vessel disease
- 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
This does not apply.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
Last Updated: April 20, 2009