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
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):
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
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
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
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
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
July 17, 2018